Indian American journalist joins UC Berkeley faculty

Geeta Anand (Courtesy: UC Berkeley)

Author, foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian American journalist Geeta Anand will be joining the faculty of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, according to a university press release.

Anand has been a journalist for 27 years, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing.

She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and began her career at newspapers in New England where she covered courts, crime and local government.

She went on to cover politics at The Boston Globe and then joined The Wall Street Journal, where she developed a specialty in investigative work and health care.

Anand has spent the past 10 years as a foreign correspondent in India, most recently for The New York Times.

In 2003, Anand was part of a team of reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for a series on the impact of corporate scandals in America.

Her work on how hidden decision-makers make life-and-death choices about who gets health care in America was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 and her series on drug prices and how lawmakers created legal monopolies that allowed prices to soar won a 2006 Gerald Loeb award.

In 2007, the National Council for the Advancement of Science Writing awarded her the Victor Kohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting and in 2013, her series on how tuberculosis became drug-resistant in India won first place in cross-border investigative reporting from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Anand has also turned one of her stories from the biotech beat into a 2006 book, “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million–And Bucked the Medical Establishment–In a Quest to Save His Children,” which was made into the CBS movie “Extraordinary Measures,” starring Harrison Ford.

This past semester, Anand was the 2018 Nirupama Chatterjee Teaching Fellow at Berkeley Journalism, leading the India Reporting Project, which included guiding a student trip to India during spring break.

Anand will have the title of Acting Professor of Reporting and will teach students with disparate levels of workplace experience in the School’s foundational reporting class.

Anand told the university that it’s been “tremendously fulfilling to work with young journalists who are so passionate about their work. I am looking forward not only to teaching but to collaborating with students on journalism that has local and global impact. I couldn’t be more excited to join the Berkeley Journalism faculty.”



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