Ankita Rao is currently an editor at VICE’s science and tech site, Motherboard.
In the past she has covered health, gender and change for The New York Times, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, Slate and other international publications. She most recently reported from India, where she wrote about health care policy, the evolving status of women’s rights, and the heated 2014 national election. She received grants from the Pulitzer Center, South Asian Journalists Association, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism to pursue long-form projects about rural India.
Prior to working in India, Ankita was a reporter at Kaiser Health News, a non-profit news wire, where she covered Obamacare, health disparities and medical practice for the Washington Post, NPR, USA Today and The Atlantic. During the height of the country’s health care debate, she wrote dispatches from rural West Virginia, inner city Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill. She also received a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists to report about global health from Ethiopia.
Ankita has previously worked with Slate, Newsday, Religion News Service and The Gainesville Sun to cover breaking news, features and commentary. From 2010-2011, she was an Indicorps fellow and helped launch an education program in a low-income community in Chandigarh, India.
She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she was chosen to report from Brazil through the FlyIns program, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.