OUR TEAM

Diversity is in our DNA. Location, background, skills. Meet our all-women team!

Kavita Devi is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Khabar Lahariya, and her primary responsibilities include working closely with the Chief Reporters' network on conceptualising, planning and execution of stories. A Banda local herself - she likes to call herself Kavita Bundelkhandi, having chosen to drop her last name deliberately many years ago -  she is also the region's first Dalit woman anchor to host her own news and views weekly, The Kavita Show. The only Dalit member of the Editor's Guild of India, Kavita brings with her several years of field reporting, having started out as a reporter herself, and often reports on special stories even today. Viewed as a formidable figure of inspiration and empowerment locally, especially for women, Kavita is also a TED speaker

Pooja is a writer and editor with an experience spanning 17+ years of leading various media outlets, including the eclectic and acclaimed art and culture magazine First City through the 2000's where she was Editor. Her books include Red Lipstick (Penguin Randomhouse, 2016), a literary-styled memoir of celebrity transgender rights activist Laxmi, and Momspeak (Penguin Randomhouse, 2020), a first-of-its-kinds feminist exploration of the institution and experience of motherhood in India. Her passion for intersectional feminist revolutions led her to Khabar Lahariya in 2017, where she worked in editorial, outreach, partnerships, and is today Head of Strategy at KL's mothership, Chambal Media.

An independent documentary filmmaker and television producer based in New Delhi, Priya is currently an executive producer at Chambal Media. Her body of work has focused on women and gender, her stories windows into myriad experiences of the body, the environment, the community, mapped from gender and feminist perspective. She has been directing, producing and editing documentary films & television programmes for New Delhi Television, Fox Traveller, CNA, National Human Rights Commission of India, Films Division of India, Public Service Broadcasting Trust & Khabar Lahariya for over a decade now. Her films have been recognised with participation, mentions and best film awards in many international and national film festivals. She has been Co-Director of the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival, New Delhi, from 2019-2020 and is currently a board member for IAWRT India chapter 2020-2022. She is also recognized as a Canon Cinema EOS Platinum Associate. Priya has a Master’s in Mass Communication from the Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Meera Devi is the bureau chief at Khabar Lahariya. With 12 years of reporting on rural issues, Meera specializes in investigative journalism and policy reporting. Her special reports have included lifting the curtains off the administrative apathy around the broken healthcare systems combating T.B.in the rural hinterland of U.P. She also hosts a show on local politics, titled Rajneeti, Ras, Raay.

Disha is the CEO of Chambal Media, a company that produces media for rural audiences, with a unique rural feminist voice. Chambal Media runs the iconic news brand, Khabar Lahariya, where women from remote villages of north India are trained to be professional journalists and produce local news in their languages, from their unique perspective. Disha enjoys travelling to far-flung locations, reporting and writing, and imagining how a small and radical media house can change the world. She has a masters degree in Gender Studies from the University of Warwick, and has been an Acumen Fellow. She has worked in publishing and as a journalist before her journey with Khabar Lahariya. 

 

A multidisciplinary media professional with 8+ years of experience ranging across diverse media (such as motion pictures, branding & content strategy, marketing & communications, and print & digital journalism), Ritika has a strong inclination towards working with socially relevant and engaging content. She did her bachelors in English literature from Delhi University and her masters in mass communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia. As a journalist, she has written for various national publications such as The Hindu Business Line, Business Standard, The Sunday Guardian among others.

 

Since 2015, she has been working with Mumbai-based Drishyam Films (producers of acclaimed indie films such as Newton, Masaan, and Ankhon Dekhi) as a marketing & communications manager. Currently consulting with Chambal Media, India's award-winning grassroots feminist news network, she is working towards building and diversifying the channel's urban readership. 

OUR TEAM

Diversity is in our DNA. Location, background, skills.

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Kavita, Content

Pooja, Strategy

Priya, Features

Meera, News

Disha, CEO

Ritika Bhatia, Outreach