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Samar Halarnkar

Reporter, columnist and enthusiastic cook from Bangalore, India

Samar Halarnkar is a reporter, columnist and enthusiastic cook from Bangalore, India. A journalist for 30 years, he was until recently editor of IndiaSpend.org and Factchecker.in, award-winning nonprofits focused on data-driven, public-interest journalism. He conceptualized databases and guided related reporting on hate crimes, lynching, air pollution and political constituencies. Previously, he was managing editor of Hindustan Times, a leading Indian daily newspaper, and has held other managerial positions at the Indian Express and India Today. He has been a columnist for many years, writing for Scroll.in, Mint, Hindustan Times, The Globe and Mail (Canada), and the New York Times. Halarnkar has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard. He has won national awards on investigative and technology reporting and is the author of two books: “Nirvana Under The Rain Tree”, an early chronicle of India’s Internet Revolution; and “A Married Man’s Guide to Creative aCooking—And Other Dubious Adventures”.