Mallika Rao

Maybe because I grew up in a vibrant Indian community in Texas, I am drawn to the worlds under the surface of mainstream American life. Inside these spheres, my favorite stories are of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, especially when those circumstances are foisted upon them. It’s the old Flannery O’Connor hypothetical of having someone there to shoot you every minute of your life. Pressure transfigures people. And transformation is interesting.

Raven Rakia

I report mainly from New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut but have also done reporting in St. Louis and down south.
I mainly do on the ground reporting, investigative journalism, longform narrative and feature journalism, and reported analysis. Currently freelancing and open to commissions, consistent freelance work, staff reporting positions.