School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Masters in Arts in media and technology
2016 – 2017
-- Achieved highest marks (Distinction) with a focus on the convergence of media and technology
-- Dissertation about a lack of ‘human doubt’ in news and information algorithms with a review of the philosophy of the mind, artificial intelligence philosophy, and media studies; Essays about Silicon Valley ideology; tailored research for news pieces
Emory University, Atlanta
2012 - 2016
-- Journalism and International Studies major, African studies minor; GPA: 3.9; Studied abroad at the University of Ghana
Fulbright Research Grant, researcher
April - December 2022
-- I am researching the effects of the 2020 migrant crisis on migrant decision making in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha.
-- I researched and compiled a memo examining diversity in Indian media and pinpointing the leading DEI actors.
Scroll.in, magazine journalist
July 2021 - January 2021
-- I wrote magazine stories about technology during this short-term fellowship. My work includes long-form stories on India’s first women gig worker movement, facial recognition bias, a virtual currency in Auroville, and solar technology in Jharkhand.
-- One of my stories from this fellowship won a RedInk award in Science and Technology
Earth Journalism Network, grant
September 2021 - February 2022
-- With this grant, I wrote a series about energy and labour published with Scroll. My ground reporting included coal mines in Jharkhand and a solar park in Madhya Pradesh.
World Bank, research assistant
July - November 2021
-- I compiled research about major climate hazards in Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh for a journalistic interactive project. The project will be published in the coming months.
Indian Express, National Bureau reporter in Delhi
April 2018 - July 2021
-- I began my three years focusing on technology’s intersection with society and politics including American and Chinese technology companies in India, the ruling party’s use of data, and policing of social media speech.
-- Regularly featured on the front page and agile in my topics, I jumped on covering COVID-19. Creating a significant rupture in the country, I interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci at the peak of India’s brutal second wave, bringing a dire prescription to India’s paralyzing situation. Several stories led to major government reactions, such as my data-driven analysis of testing infrastructure in periphery states and exclusive interviews with top officials and corporates in charge of the pandemic response.
-- I transitioned to covering migration and urbanisation, tracking how COVID-19 was changing labor, surveillance, and social security. Within my first months on the beat, I immediately broke stories about water planning and migrant labor policies.
-- I traveled throughout Bihar to cover the 2019 Indian General Election. I also recently traveled across Pennsylvania to cover the 2020 US elections, with a series of front-page features describing post-industrial towns, the politics of the suburbs, and the shifting voting preferences of Asian-Americans. I also wrote a feature from the US elections for Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine.
Wall Street Journal, Intern at Atlanta bureau, 52+ hours/week
May 2014 – August 2014
-- Had more than 20 bylines on WSJ.com and more than a dozen in the newspaper, featured prominently on WSJ.com homepage, published video, and successfully pitched feature ideas
CNN, Intern at The Row at Atlanta headquarters, 20+ hours/week
Jan 2015 – May 2015
-- Participated in editorial deliberations regarding bias, fairness, and other ethical questions
-- Examined scripts and online stories as the last stop before publication
-- Shadowed various departments across the newsroom
Boston Globe, Business Intern, 50+/week
June 2015 – August 2015
-- Wrote more than 40 clips from serious business news to feature pieces, including a centerspread long read about diversity in Boston’s business schools
-- Made it to the front page within the first two weeks of my internship
-- Acted as the breaking news reporter for multiple weeks
USA Today, Collegiate Correspondent
January 2014 – May 2014
-- Wrote one article a week about college-related topics for the USA Today College section
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Education Intern, 12 hours/week
August 2013 – December 2013
The Emory Wheel, Executive Editor, Emory’s news organization, 20+ hours/week
November 2013 - January 2016
-- Lead the staff of 30 through a digital transition; Brainstormed pitches, assigned and edited stories, designed print layout
-- Hired as assistant news editor in first month of freshman year
-- Reported on controversial and university-wide stories including racial tensions, sexual assaults, and university lawsuits
KCBS Radio, Intern, Bay Area radio station, 12 hours/week
May 2013 – August 2013
-- Wrote anchor scripts about crime, major Bay Area events, breaking news, and more; Recorded dozens of demo podcasts
-- Traveled to cover the SF plane crash, gay marriage Supreme Court decisions, Zimmerman trial, and more
Palo Alto Weekly, Intern, Palo Alto’s weekly magazine, 18 hours/week
May 2013 – August 2013
-- Wrote front-page features as well as covered crime, breaking news, city council; Produced video packages
PolitiFact, Intern, Bureau at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12 hours/week
January 2013 - May 2013
-- Researched the accuracy of politician’s claims, wrote fact checks such as metro front page Chick-fil-A investigation
HONORS / CERTIFICATES
⚬ RedInk Award in Science and Technology Reporting
⚬ Longlist for Covering Climate Now Award
⚬ Reuters Foundation Training in Human Trafficking Reporting in Delhi (2018)
⚬ South Asian Journalism Association (SAJA) Scholarship (2015)
⚬ Emory’s Tom Chris Allen Journalism Scholarship (2013)
⚬ Emory’s Grace Abernathy Journalism Scholarship (2015)
⚬ Proficient in data stories using Excel and Google Sheets, AP Style, WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro 10, Illustrator, Audacity ⚬ Fluent Hindi, Conversational Spanish ⚬ Solo travel experience in India, China, Ghana, Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Turkey, and more