Neha Thirani Bagri is a freelance journalist based in India who writes about the intersections of gender, politics, development, and climate change. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Quartz, TIME, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, Al Jazeera, and others. Previously she was a reporter for Quartz based in New York and The New York Times’ South Asia bureau based in Mumbai. Neha co-authored a TIME cover story on how the deepening coronavirus crisis is reshaping India, which was a finalist for the South Asian Journalists Association awards for outstanding reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia in 2020.
In 2018 she won the award for an outstanding piece of non-fiction writing about South Asia from the South Asian Journalists Association for her story about a survivor-turned-activist fighting against witch-hunting in India. She has received grants from the International Women's Media Foundation, the International Reporting Project, the Overseas Press Club Foundation, the GroundTruth Project, The Correspondents Fund, the Population Reference Bureau, and the Earth Journalism Network, to report in Rwanda, Senegal, Gambia, Bangladesh, and India. Neha holds an MA in political journalism from Columbia Journalism School, an MSt in English literature from Oxford University, and a BA in English literature and international studies from Northwestern University.