Maya Mirchandani is an award winning senior journalist with over two decades of reporting experience, and one of the first generation of broadcast news journalists in India. She has received a B.A in History and post graduate diplomas in Mass Communications and World Politics- subjects which have influenced her award winning reportage on world affairs, human rights and conflict within and outside India. Currently, Maya is a Senior Fellow at the prominent think tank, Observer Research Foundation, hosts Wide Angle with Maya Mirchandani- a weekly show on foreign policy, national security and rights at the new digital media platform , The Wire.in, and Consulting Editor for India Matters long form news reports at NDTV, where her career in journalism began. She also teaches journalism- its principles and practice- to undergraduate students choosing this as a career path- a necessary investment in and contribution to journalism in an environment where debate and dissent are regularly condemned or silenced.
For Maya, the doors of reporting haven’t always open up peacefully. She survived a suicide bomb attack at President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s election rally in 1999, reported on 9/11 as the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York and survived pro government mobs attacking the media during the Anti-Mubarak protests in Cairo, Egypt. From Moscow to Washington DC, Cairo to Islamabad, Freetown, Sierra Leone to Rangoon, and several places in between, Maya has traveled extensively, always in search of a good story to tell.
Among her passions are Music and the Arts. Time permitting she learns Hindustani vocal music and takes the odd painting lesson. In fact, using the soft power of creativity is an invaluable tool of communication- one Maya wishes governments and politicians around the world would use more effectively.