A couple days ago learned that I have been selected as a finalist for the Livingston Award in International Reporting for my piece in WIRED titled “The Bone Factory: India’s Underground Trade in Human Remains.”[link] Every year 50 young journalists are selected as finalists by a star committee of veteran media players. The wikipedia entry on the competition says that “the Livingston Awards are among the most competitive and prestigious reporting prizes in American journalism.”

My name on the list of finalists is wedged between two reporters for the New York Times and shares space with some of the best up and coming journalists in America. So, I know it’s clich√©, but it’s an honor just to be nominated. The winner gets a $10,000 cash award, and a trip to New York to mingle with the panel of judges. The awards will be announced on June 6th.


Also, just in case you missed it. I had another story on NPR a few weeks ago, but didn’t end up posting about it on this blog. It is about a new transgender talk show host here in Chennai who is stirring up the community with provocative questions about sex and marriage. Check it out here: “Transgender Talk Show Host Tackles Taboos in India.”