Kavitha Surana


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.

Reporting Locations


| Jennifer Glenfield, Martha Asencio Rhine

Sobreviviendo en un país prestado

Nota: Desde que periodistas del Tampa Bay Times/CENTRO Tampa realizaron las entrevistas de esta historia, las condiciones han cambiado drásticamente en ambos países en respuesta al coronavirus. Primera parte de este reportaje: Buscando refugio en el…

| Jennifer Glenfield, Martha Asencio Rhine

Venezuelan Refugees Struggled to Find Healthcare in Colombia. That was Before Coronavirus.

Crowds jostle through the line to re-enter Venezuela at the border crossing, many carrying heavy packs on their shoulders with goods purchased in Colombia. Many Venezuelans cross the border to buy what they need in…

| Jennifer Glenfield, Martha Asencio Rhine

Buscando refugio en el país vecino

Segunda parte del reportaje especial : Sobreviviendo en un país prestado Cuando dos organizaciones sin fines de lucro del área de la Bahía de Tampa realizaron un viaje misión para brindar atención médica a los refugiados…

| Kavitha Surana

Even Critics of Rwanda’s Government Are Helping Paul Kagame Stay in Power

Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame dances onstage after addresses supporters at the closing rally of the presidential campaign in Kigali on August 2, 2017.Rwandans go the polls on August 4, 2017 in a presidential election…

| Kavitha Surana

The Elephant in the Comedy Club

KIGALI, Rwanda – The comedians trickle into a rehearsal space in Kimihurura, a quiet, upper-class neighborhood, brimming with restless energy. Known as the Comedy Knights, the young performers slouch on wooden school chairs and warm…