about me

I'm an independent journalist reporting on gender, migration, and human rights around the world. I’m currently writing a book documenting the lives of teenage girls around the world for Algonquin Young Readers. Previously, I worked at CNN and was national digital editor at the Washington Post. I am a reporter, editor, producer, and digital strategist who works with words, audio, social media, and emerging and unexpected platforms. My journalism explores how news events, laws, and systems of power affect women’s and girls’ lives around the world.

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, voicemail, disposable cameras, social media platforms and more. I also led CNN's editorial on emerging social platforms. I also curated part of CNN's exhibit at the Newseum on the 2016 presidential election as seen through social media. 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 team that was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the NSA. 

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.

To get in touch: masuma.ahuja@gmail.com