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URVIJA

BANERJI

Journalist
 

About Me

I'm a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. I was born in Bangalore, India to Bengali parents, and raised in Singapore, Singapore, where I developed an appreciation for books, oil painting, food, and music (in that order). I moved to Princeton, New Jersey for college, and cut my teeth at the prestigious school newspaper, first as a Staff Writer on the arts and culture beat, and eventually as an Executive Editor of the campus culture blog.

 

Over the course of my career, I've worked as a writer at Atlas Obscura in Brooklyn and Rolling Stone in Mumbai, and as the Features Editor at The Swaddle, a health and gender publication also based in Mumbai.

 

I write about music, food, gender, race, and visual art. For The Swaddle, I also enjoyed covering health and laws pertaining to gender (such as marriage laws or laws guaranteeing the rights of gay and trans people in India). In 2019, I received the Foreign Press Association Scholarship award. You can find my published clips as well as my personal blog on the menu bar above. 

 

In my free time, I'm usually painting, reading, curating Spotify playlists, starting arguments on social media, and waiting for the coffee to brew. I also have a radio show!

 

Work Experience

The Swaddle - 2018

Mumbai-based digital magazine about parenting, feminism, health, and gender.

Rolling Stone India - 2017

Indian outpost of the entertainment magazine.

Atlas Obscura - 2016

Digital media magazine with focus on quirky travel and forgotten history.

 

Education

2019 / MAY

Columbia Journalism School

Master of Arts in Arts and Culture journalism. Coursework included PhD level courses in the English and Art History depts on jazz studies, post-colonialism, and the photographer Gordon Parks. 10,000 word thesis story on queer futurism at a commune in South Brooklyn.

2015 / JUN

Princeton University

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Coursework included Micro and Macro Economics, Creative Writing, Literature and Art in New York, Developmental Psychology.

100 page thesis on the formation of immigrant identity in the works of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

 

Contact Me

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  • Spotify - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle

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