Jeff Hargarten | Star Tribune
Interactive Data Journalist | Metro

Jeff Hargarten is a data journalist for the Star Tribune focusing on data-driven reporting and visualization. He has covered elections, technology, criminal justice, demographics and public health.

A Minneapolis native, Hargarten graduated in 2014 from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a professional journalism degree. As a student reporter at the Star Tribune, he previously covered public health. His past experience includes work for MinnPost, Pioneer Press, News21 and Minnesota Daily.


Mpls. police rethink pursuit policy after string of chases

The discussion comes after a string of high-speed police pursuits that ended in crashes involving injuries and even death.


How popular is your name in Minnesota?

Babies named Thea and Rhett are trending up in Minnesota, but how popular have they been over the last century?


Access to guns a concern as Mpls. police seize more than 700 in 2018

North Side, Northeast rose so far this year; overall, numbers fell a third in past decade.


Fatal police encounters since 2000

The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.


As rents rise in the Twin Cities, suburbs embrace affordable housing efforts

With rents rising across the metro, cities find stable options to help, and keep, tenants.


The state of marijuana in Minnesota, according to data

As lawmakers reconsider the drug's legal status, here's a look at the current laws, public opinion and criminal justice data related to cannabis in Minnesota.


Stassen to Bachmann: A look back at Minnesota's past presidential candidates

A handful of home-grown politicians have run for the highest office in the land, but none have ever progressed to the Oval Office.


How Minnesota changed under Mark Dayton's watch: Here's what the data tell us

Education, environment, economy, health care: As a new administration takes the helm, we dug into the data to see what happened in Minnesota under Dayton's leadership.


Minnesota's weather in 2018? A whole lot of winter and summer

Many lakes still had ice cover on May 1, but a run of six straight days at or above 90 degrees, including a rare 100 degrees reading on Memorial Day, helped May end as the second warmest on record.


New data shows how voter enthusiasm drove huge midterm turnout

Heavier voter engagement in Minnesota's suburbs, and the metro area in general, helped drive huge turnout this midterm.