Kavitha Surana is a staff reporter at the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her reporting focuses on criminal justice, immigration, labor and housing. In the past, she was an immigration reporting fellow at ProPublica and an editorial fellow at Foreign Policy magazine. Her 2018 reporting at ProPublica on shelters for immigrant children was part of a series that won an IRE award for investigations triggered by breaking news. Past reporting projects have taken her to the U.S.-Mexico border, Rwanda, Germany and Italy. She was a participant on an IWMF reporting trip to Rwanda in 2017 and received Fulbright and Heinrich-Boell reporting grants in 2015 for a series on Germany's migration crisis. She holds a B.A. in history from Columbia University and a master's degree in journalism and European history from New York University.