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.


Fatal stop brings fresh scrutiny to Brooklyn Center police

Most officers are white, while most residents are people of color. According to the mayor, not one officer lives within city limits.


After a pandemic year, Minnesota's social distancing tapers off

Data from Google and other sources show a gradual shift toward normal habits.


Every police-involved death in Minnesota 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.


How popular is your first name (or any other) in Minnesota?

Track the popularity of any first name in Minnesota over the past century.


With Peterson's defeat, a longtime DFL stronghold shifts into GOP hands

After years of declining victory margins, one of the few remaining "Blue Dog Democrats" couldn't stave off political changes in his district this time.


Absentee balloting helped drive Minnesota's highest voter turnout in 6 decades

High rates of early voting help propel Minnesota to one of its strongest voting years ever.


Biden recaptures lost ground as many Minnesota counties move left

Despite several visits from President Donald Trump hoping to win Minnesota, the electorate favored former vice president Joe Biden, delivering him the win in a handful of counties that evaded Hillary Clinton in 2016. Where Trump prevailed, his win margin was tighter in regional population centers, while it grew in some of the most rural parts of the North Star State.


An election like no other: Tracking Minnesota's early voting

With nearly 2 million absentee votes already accepted, Minnesotans are trending well ahead of previous election early voting.


Minnesotans gave record amounts to campaigns during a chaotic year

More of Minnesota's donors gave more money to political campaigns via platforms like ActBlue and WinRed than ever before.


For Black Minnesota voters, equality is on the ballot

A Star Tribune analysis of voting patterns in Minnesota precincts with a majority or plurality of Black voters shows a drop in registered voter turnout from 75% in 2012 to 70% in 2016.