About

This is the personal website of Mark Schaver, a former reporter and editor specializing in data journalism who now works as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department.

You won’t find anything interesting to read or see here. The nature of my current work forces me to keep my thoughts to myself, at least so far as they involve issues “of Departmental concern” as defined in the Foreign Affairs Manual:

Of Departmental concern: Pertaining to current U.S. foreign policy or the Department’s mission (including policies, programs, operations or activities of the Department of State or USAID), or which reasonably may be expected to affect the foreign relations of the United States.

Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action, which would be a bad thing, so for now I’m maintaining a cone of silence.