H R Venkatesh

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ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatesh is helping top Indian newsrooms improve their coverage of critical health and development issues. He provides key strategic and editorial support to in-depth and multimedia projects that help the media partners engage citizens and policymakers around these topics.

Formerly a Tow-Knight Fellow at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, he has 15 years’ experience in news and related media, including stints as founding editor at The Quint, director of communications in India at, and senior anchor at CNN-IBN. Currently, he is also the founder and editor of NetaData, covering Indian politics.

In 2009, he was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford where he earned a master’s degree in Contemporary India. He also has degrees from Symbiosis and Bangalore Universities.

Venkatesh is also the lead organizer for Hacks/Hackers India’s Delhi chapter, a​ ​global​ ​community​ ​working​ ​at​ ​the​ ​intersection​ ​of​ ​news​ ​and​ ​technology.

Latest Stories

5 no-nonsense career strategies for digital journalists

Digital journalism jobs are unstable — but ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatash gives advice on how to become "so good they can’t ignore you."

H R Venkatesh | March 01, 2018

How fostering community among health journalists can help revitalize the beat

Good public health journalism offers benefits to both society and news outlets, but is often a neglected beat. Can a community of health reporters help improve reporting on this crucial topic?

H R Venkatesh | September 18, 2017

Journalists across the globe see ‘fake news’ as a shape-shifting monster

ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatesh talked to journalists and fact-checkers in a half-dozen countries about how misinformation evolves as it travels across the web — and what can be done about it.

H R Venkatesh | June 27, 2017