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Priyanka Borpujari

Priyanka Borpujari

I am an independent journalist, teacher, and researcher, and have begun to dip my toes into the world of water colours. I have reported on issues of human rights and justice, from across Japan, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, El Salvador, and India, and my work has appeared in the British Medical Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Diplomat, Caravan, TRT World, and several other publications.

I was previously a business journalist in the Indian capital of New Delhi, and a crime reporter with Mumbai Mirror where I also covered the 26/11 terror attacks. After turning to freelancing, I began to report on the forceful acquisition of land owned by indigenous peoples. For my work, I was named the 2012-2013 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and was based at Center of International Studies in MIT and a guest editor at The Boston Globe, and in 2015, I was one of the India-Germany Media Ambassadors and a guest journalist with the German political weekly Die Zeit. In early 2016, I was a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, USA, where I taught a course on media and human rights. Previously, I have taught a course on community media at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and conducted writing-for-healing workshops in varied spaces: from an informal settlement in Cape Town (South Africa) to a men’s prison in Rochester, NY (USA).

Between 2018 and 2019, I had the privilege to walk 1,200 kms across north and northeast India with two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Salopek on his 33,000-km Out of Eden Walk that traces the path of human migration. I hold a Master’s Degree from International Christian University, Tokyo, where I was a Rotary Peace Fellow, and am currently researching the intersection of gender, gerontology and social media at Dublin City University. I am currently based in Ireland; I speak seven languages (Gaeilge is not one of them, yet); and I enjoy interdisciplinary collaborative projects. I'd love to connect with you on Twitter/X and LinkedIn. You may view my journalism here.