Indian-American Journalist Sanghamitra Kalita Bags the 2016 Pulitzer
Dated: April 25, 2016
Sanghamitra Kalita, the Managing Editor of Los Angeles (LA) Times has won a Pulitzer. Mitra has a notable record in high-quality journalism. The news outlet snagged the award for their exceptional reporting, including both local and global perspectives, on the shooting in San Bernardino that occurred on Dec. 2 last year and the terror investigation that followed. The team won a prize of $10,000 and the award “for a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news that, as quickly as possible, captures events accurately as they occur, and, as time passes, illuminates, provides context and expands upon the initial coverage.”
Before LA times, Sanghamitra was associated with Quartz as Executive Editor – overseeing the section that produced ‘the most popular pieces and redefined commentary for a digital age.’ She was also the force behind Quartz’s launch in Africa and India.
She also worked at the Wall Street Journal from 2008 to 2012 where she directed coverage of the Great Recession, reporting on the housing crisis as a senior writer and launching a local news section for New York City. Mitra was part of the launch team of Mint, the financial newspaper from the Hindustan Times group in association with The Wall Street Journal.
he served as president of the South Asian Journalists Assn. previously and has won numerous awards for her journalism. She is on the board of the New American Leaders Project, a member of the Pacific Council and a Spencer Fellow. She was named to Folio's Top 100 Women in Media.