Megan Jaegerman's news graphics from 1990 to 1998 are acknowledged as good by Edward Tufte, who includes explanatory text for a large number of example images.
During this time, Jaegerman worked at The New York Times. Tufte says she is "fierce" as a researcher and reporter, adding: "she writes gracefully and precisely". She contributed to a book by Tufte who says "the color usually has a distinct substantive point and is not just used to depict surfaces or to decorate the news".
He also points to her use of "short visual noun-verb sentences" to get a point across. "Her elegant, clever and detailed work in news graphics is the best I ever seen," says Karen Collins in an email to Tufte.
Thanks to Paperpools then Light Reading then Edward Champion for the heads-up.