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+ November 14-15, 2019: As part of a panel with the Association of Independents in Radio, I spoke about how newsrooms can better work with freelance producers and how freelancers can more effectively approach their work at the People-Powered Publishing Conference, sponsored by Illinois Humanities.

+ October 2019: Talked to Milan Vaishnav at The Grand Tamasha podcast about my piece for The Atlantic on Howdy! Modi, and the larger significance of the historic rally where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump appeared together before a crowd of 50,000 Indians. The Grand Tamasha is a co-production of the Hindustan Times and the Carnegie Endowment Center for Peace in Washington, D.C.

+ September 21, 2019: Honored to win in the radio/podcast category at the 2019 Religion News Association’s annual conference.

+ September 2019: Spoke on a panel about the nuances of covering the South Asian diaspora, its religions and politics at the 2019 Religion News Association Conference.

+ October 2019: Shortlisted in the enterprise reporting and outstanding reporting in any subject categories at the South Asian Journalists Association’s annual awards competition.

+ July 29, 2019: Received an honorable mention as a 2019 AIR New Voices scholar.

+ March 21, 2019: Spoke at Oakland International High School’s annual career week. All the students at the school are English language learners.

+ November 2018: Traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, to talk about podcasting and writing for the ear at the 2018 C.D. Wright Women’s Writer’s Conference.

+ October¬†2018: Shortlisted in the enterprise reporting category at the South Asian Journalists Association’s annual awards competition.

+ June 13, 2018: Shortlisted in the broadcast reporting category at the Religion News Association’s annual awards competition.

+ April 25, 2018: Appeared on the BBC ahead of the verdict surrounding Kim Wall’s case to talk about its impact and the significance of her life and legacy. The¬†Kim Wall Memorial Fund is still running strong.

+ November 14, 2017: Delivered a 45-minute talk at Foothill College’s International Education week about my career freelancing abroad and reporting on minority communities in the U.S. Many of the community college students spoke English as a second language.

+ November 1, 2017: Spoke with Radio New Zealand’s Nine To Noon program about my friend Kim Wall, freelancing while female, and the Kim Wall Memorial Fund. The Fund was established to honor Kim’s spirit and legacy and to offer support to women journalists. If you’re moved to help change the dynamics for women in media,¬†consider contributing. You can learn more about Kim here.

+ April 10, 2017: Appeared on Marketplace Tech to talk about a piece I wrote for Backchannel, now on Wired. about accent bias in voice recognition technologies.

+ January 23, 2017: Named a “Rising Star” and Senior Fellow¬†with the Fund for Investigative Journalism and Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, as part of their nationally competitive journalism initiative to increase¬†diverse and inclusive voices and topics in investigative journalism.

+ October 2016: Granted the South Asian Journalists Association’s fall reporting fellowship to report on the influence of Hindu nationalism in the United States.

+ December 21, 2015: Selected as an¬†African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow¬†with the International Women’s Media Foundation to report on democracy and governance in Uganda.

+ April 30, 2014: Wired covered a collaborative project I was involved with to document India’s 2014 election on Instagram and featured my photo of India’s Home Minister, Rajnath Singh (then the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party), as part of its slideshow of photographs from the project.