hires ‘ChartGirl’ Hilary Sargent

Hilary Sargent, who’s known for tackling “complicated matters in easily digestible charts,” is joining next month as a full-time staffer. Jack Shafer wrote earlier this year that “ChartGirl” Sargent “straddles the space between the two-dimensional, black-and-white editorial cartoon, the explanatory feature and the cheat sheet, bringing order to the narrative frenzy.”

Here’s the memo that was sent Thursday afternoon to and Globe staffers:

We have great news to share for Hilary Sargent will be joining us full-time in January as a featured news writer and personality.

Hilary Sargent

Hilary Sargent

Hilary generated a lot of buzz in the past year when she created her own site,, that, in her words, sums up “complicated matters in easily digestible charts.” She created charts about local subjects such as Whitey Bulger’s Boston and Aaron Hernandez; nationally, she has tackled the feud between the Cheney sisters, the feuds of Donald Trump (a rather large chart), and the alleged relationships of Taylor Swift (an even larger chart).

Her work has appeared in places like Business Insider, Fast Company, Gawker, and here on, where she created a version of ChartGirl specifically for us. named ChartGirl on of the 50 best websites of 2013, calling Hilary’s work full of “pithy substance.” Even the staid old Reader’s Digest named it one of its “sites we love.” She has a great presence on social media, both as Chartgirl and under her own byline./CONTINUES

Before launching ChartGirl, Hilary was a researcher and investigator at several companies in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. Those of us with long memories will recall her as a spirited editorial assistant in business, metro, and at the State House in 1998-99. Hilary was born and raised in Boston, is a graduate of Boston College, and recently moved back to the city with her 3-year-old son, who has a substantial web presence of his own.

For, she’ll range across the news, writing, creating content, and generating conversation about the topics of the day. She’ll start January 15.

If you want to check out some of her work, here are a few links: