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We are thrilled to announce that Pooja Salhotra will be signing up for The Texas Tribune as our first-ever East Texas reporter. She’ll be based mostly in Lufkin and will address a extensive location that borders on 3 states (Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma) encompasses numerous communities these as Beaumont, Longview, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Texarkana and Tyler and is household to the legendary Piney Woods and the Massive Thicket.
This is a huge task, just one that will have to have recurrent journey. Pooja emerged as a result of a highly aggressive procedure that surfaced other solid candidates.
“I want to uncover crucial stories about my possess property state,” she advised us. Pooja is energized by masking tales that are underreported. East Texas is comprehensive of them.
Pooja grew up in Bellaire, a Houston suburb, in an immigrant relatives. She has a diploma in psychology from Yale and covered the metropolis of New Haven for the Yale Everyday Information. Following graduation, she wrote for the Houston area’s The Excitement Journals. She then was a reporting intern for Chalkbeat, concentrating on New York Town educational institutions.
Although pursuing an MFA in journalism at New York University with a specialization in literary reportage, Pooja wrote for Bedford + Bowery, a New York Journal web site that lined reduced Manhattan and north Brooklyn, and was a New York bureau intern at CNN. She also did investigate for Liz Flock, a journalist who is writing a ebook about gender and justice. She received her MFA in May.
Pooja is at the moment a summer time intern on NPR’s education and learning workforce so she won’t be a part of us until eventually Aug. 30, but we preferred to share the remarkable information as before long as we could. She will join a new and escalating regional staff that involves Jayme Lozano, who is currently off to a good start off covering the South Plains and Panhandle from her foundation in Lubbock, and Nic Garcia, who will join us Aug. 1 as our regional editor, based mostly in Dallas.
We can not wait around to welcome Pooja again to Texas.
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