about me

I’m a journalist and I report and tell stories with words, audio, multimedia and social media, as well as with digital, emerging and unexpected platforms — from chat bots and text messages to disposable cameras and diary entries.

I tell human stories that help us understand people, power and politics around the world.

I’m currently writing a book documenting the lives of teenage girls around the world for Algonquin Books, based on a newsletter and series that I wrote for The Washington Post’s The Lily.

Previously, I worked as a producer leading up strategy, reporting and storytelling on chat apps and other emerging social platforms at CNN and as national digital editor at the Washington Post, where I managed digital innovations, engagement strategy, and digital and social reporting and storytelling for the Washington Post's national and politics desk.

Recently, my work has focused primarily on gender and human rights — from girlhood around the world to the lives of South Asian migrant domestic workers in the Middle East. I’ve reported from inside a prison for the BBC, written about modern-day witch hunts in India for Vice, and covered child marriage for CNN.

I was part of the team that was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the NSA. I also share in a Murrow Award and a Webby for CNN’s social media coverage of the 2016 election, and my audio storytelling projects at CNN have won an EPPY and been recognized as a Webby honoree.

I am the recipient a grant from the International Women's Media Foundation for a project covering women's migration from Sri Lanka.

At CNN, I covered the presidential campaign, immigration, the refugee crisis, the Olympics and more — I reported and told stories using words, audio, video, disposable cameras, and social media platforms. I also led CNN's editorial on emerging social platforms. One of my projects, Love Story, won an EPPY in 2016 and I share in a Murrow Award and a Webby for CNN's social media coverage of the 2016 election. 

At the Washington Post, I was the national digital editor, working on the national and politics desk. My work at the Post includes launching the Post on snapchat – one of the first major news organizations on the platform – to tell the story of the 2014 midterms, creating and editing a series of interviews about women in the workplace across generations; and using internet comments as a reporting tool to capture the impact of a government shutdown.  

I was part of the first class of the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in 2015 and returned to teach at the program in 2016 as guest faculty.  I have a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Want to collaborate, commission me or chat? Get in touch: masuma.ahuja@gmail.com