Disha Shetty


Disha Shetty is an independent Science Journalist currently based out of Bengaluru, India. She writes mainly on public health and is currently on a Columbia-J-School-IndiaSpend reporting fellowship with IndiaSpend – India’s first data journalism initiative. Disha has written about the spread of drug-resistant TB in rural India, malnutrition and female foeticide and maternal health, among others. She has worked at India’s leading English language news channel Times Now, writing for television followed by a stint with country’s leading media house Zee Digital. Her most recent full-time job was working as a senior health journalist for national daily DNA. As a freelance journalist she has written on issues like the need for early initiation of breastfeeding, radiation risks associated with CT scans and the need to pay attention to mental health issues at the workplace. Her writings have appeared in IndiaSpend, Vice, News Deeply, and among others. She holds a MA in Science, Environment and Medicine Journalism from the Columbia University where she won the Best Journalism Editorial award for her piece on maternal malnutrition leading to infant deaths in India. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai and a Bachelors of Mass Media from Mumbai University. She was the recipient of REACH Media National Fellowship in 2016, EurekAlert Fellowship in 2017 and SAJA 2017 Journalism Scholarship.

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