I am a Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and documentary filmmaker with a focus on gender and justice. My features and investigations have appeared on the PBS NewsHour, in The New York Times, The Atlantic and many other publications.
My first book, THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA, a study of contemporary love and marriage in Mumbai, is out now in paperback in the U.S. from Harper. It is out in India and the UK from Bloomsbury with the title LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN MUMBAI.
A New York Times' Editor's pick, the book has been called a" vivid portrait of a nation in transition" (Publisher's Weekly, starred review), "deeply sympathetic but unsentimental" (NPR) and "impossible to put down" (Washington Post). It won a Nautilus Book Award in the journalism/investigative category for books that inspire and make a difference. Read an excerpt of the book on Amazon and a “Modern Love” piece about the book at the New York Times.
Most recently, I published a feature piece for The California Sunday Magazine on a female vigilante group in northern India that is doing what the police and courts can’t: holding men accountable. In April, I wrote a longform account for The Atavist Magazine of how a woman fell in love at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and it led her to prison.
In 2018, I led an investigation at the NewsHour into sexual harassment and retaliation within the U.S. Forest Service. The story led to sweeping changes in the service, the resignation of the Forest Service Chief and calls from Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., for the Forest Service to address the hostile work environment. The investigation won an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Peabody, was a Webby Award Honoree, and was a finalist for the Online News Association’s 2018 Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award. It was also featured on a segment of John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" on sexual harassment in the workplace.
In 2017, I reported a two-part series for the NewsHour on women activists with minority political beliefs in Buckhannon, West Virginia and Portland, Oregon. My reporting on opioid treatment options was part of a larger 2017 NewsHour series, "America Addicted," nominated for an Emmy Award.
I also run a book club for the NewsHour in collaboration with the New York Times that is devoted to reading books that help us better understand our past and present. And occasionally I write book reviews for the Washington Post.
I got my start at Forbes India magazine in Mumbai, where I wrote feature pieces and investigative reports, and where I began reporting my book on love and marriage in India. I also spent two years as a breaking and foreign news blogger at the Washington Post, where I covered the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, and uncovered the "Gay Girl in Damascus" hoax. At the U.S. News and World Report, I wrote about how the Obama administration's policies were impacting people.
My reporting has also appeared in National Geographic, the Village Voice, Al Jazeera America, the GlobalPost, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, New York Magazine’s “Bedford +Bowery,” the Washington City Paper, Vice's “Motherboard,” the Hindu, and the Hindustan Times. My fiction has appeared in Vogue India.
I have a B.A. in English from Boston College and a M.A. in narrative nonfiction from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where I helped field produce an Emmy-nominated piece about forced child begging in Senegal's Koranic schools, and whose reporting travel grant helped fund my reporting in Mumbai.
I also have a degree from the Documentary Institute at George Washington University, where I made the short film “Leaving Sharpe,” about Washington D.C.’s decision to close a public school for kids with special needs. “Leaving Sharpe” played in the D.C. Independent and Annapolis film festivals, and won the national CINE Golden Eagle Award.
I am represented by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Endeavor.