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Purvi Thacker

Ecuador 2015
BuzzFeed News
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Purvi Thacker is a reporter for BuzzFeed News in New York. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Vice News, Quartz, Al Jazeera America, The Express Tribune, and India Abroad, among others. Her dispatches from Nepal post-earthquake included disaster relief and rescue efforts, as well as women's health issues. She has reported on a range of topics, including Yezidi persecution in Iraq, minority rights for the Hazara community in Pakistan, social justice campaigns and gender issues in India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the United States. Thacker previously worked with the Committee to Protect Journalists as part of their social media team on issues of press freedom and impunity. She was also former senior correspondent at The Times of India in Mumbai, where she is originally from. Thacker graduated with an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is passionate about Sufi music, photography, human rights and animals.

Thacker was awarded a prior fellowship with IRP, reporting from Neapl in 2015. 


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