Guardian US announces Ankita Rao as editor on news desk

Guardian US press office
Fri 13 Nov 2020 09.40 EST

Guardian US is pleased to announce the appointment of Ankita Rao as a new editor on the news desk. In addition to driving the agenda across all news, she will play a significant role in developing coverage around race and identity, including the sourcing, framing and assignment of stories.

Ankita Rao has spent the past year leading the Guardian’s Fight to Vote series on voter suppression and election integrity. Prior to that she was a senior editor at VICE, producer at WNYC, reporter at Kaiser Health News, and an independent correspondent in India. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Online News Association, International Women’s Media Foundation, Pulitzer Center and Fund for Investigative Journalism. Ankita is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and University of Florida.

Ankita Rao said:

“I’m excited to continue working in a newsroom committed to covering the most important stories of today -- from climate change to racial equity. In this role I hope to provide in-depth reporting on communities of color in the US, and the forces that impact these lives, whether policy, technology or environment. My goal is to expand and enrich our storytelling, and to reach new audiences.”

John Mulholland, editor of Guardian US, said:

“We’re thrilled that Ankita is taking on this new role, building on the success she had editing our year-long Fight to Vote series about systemic voter suppression. Her perspective and experience will be invaluable in helping us tell an even wider range of stories with an even greater range of voices and writers. There are still so many stories we need to tell about the people most impacted by America’s systemic inequalities. Ankita will help us tell those stories.”


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