About

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Neha Thirani Bagri is an independent journalist who writes about the intersections of gender, politics, and climate. 

Her work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Caravan, The Guardian, Quartz, BBC,  Al Jazeera, Roads and Kingdoms, Dawn, and The Times of India, among others. She has received fellowships and grants from the Pulitzer Center, the GroundTruth Project, the Overseas Press Club, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the International Reporting Project, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Earth Journalism Network, the Correspondents Fund, the International Center for Journalists, and the Population Reference Bureau. She has reported from India, Bangladesh, Senegal, Gambia, Rwanda, Kenya, and the United States.

In 2022 her piece on the impact of the anti-immigrant crackdown in the Indian state of Assam was longlisted for the One World Media Awards in the print category. Neha co-authored a TIME cover story on how the deepening coronavirus crisis is reshaping India, which was a finalist for the South Asian Journalists Association awards for outstanding reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia in 2020. Her story on a self-invented feminist activist who defends women accused of witchcraft in India won the award for an outstanding piece of non-fiction writing from the South Asian Journalists Association in 2018. That story also received a special mention in the Red Ink awards in the Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equality category. She was also a finalist for the award for an outstanding story on any subject from the South Asian Journalists Association for a story on the first US town to be relocated because of climate change published in Quartz. 

Previously she reported for Quartz in New York and wrote stories on the first US town to being relocated because of climate change, an underground university educating persecuted Baha’i students in Iran, and Russian immigrants’ support for Donald Trump. Prior to that, she was a reporter at The New York Times’ South Asia bureau and wrote about subjects such as sex education in government schools, the role of sectarian violence in elections, and India’s environmental laws. Before that, she worked as a correspondent at The Times of India. 

Neha graduated from Columbia Journalism School with an MA in Politics and Global Affairs in 2016. She was selected to participate in the International Fellows Program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has also won the John Woods scholarship for creative non-fiction at the Prague Summer Program and the Roger Boye Oxbridge Bursary. She holds an MSt. in English Literature from Oxford University and a BA in English Literature and International Studies from Northwestern University. She is based in Mumbai, India, and is passionate about travel, photography, and strong coffee.