SAJA 2018 Awards Ceremony

Join the South Asian Journalists Association as we recognize the best work produced in 2017 by journalists in North America who are of South Asian origin or who cover South Asia! What's more: South Asian journalists from the newsrooms of Politico,, CNN, and Reuters, will discuss  the crisis of trust in media in the United States, what their newsrooms are doing to counter it, and the role they can play as journalists of color. 

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Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: National Press Club, Washington D.C.

Speakers: SAJA 2018 Awards Ceremony


Manu Raju is a senior congressional correspondent at CNN, covering Capitol Hill and campaign politics. Raju is a veteran reporter in Washington, having previously served as a top Capitol Hill correspondent at Politico for seven years. Prior to his time at Politico, Raju reported for The Hill newspaper, Congressional Quarterly and Inside Washington Publishers. He has long been a frequent guest on political talk shows on TV and radio.

Raju has won multiple journalism awards for his reporting on the major battles consuming Washington and his coverage of campaign politics. In 2012, Raju was part of a team of four reporters who won the White House Correspondents Association's prestigious Merriman Smith award for presidential reporting under deadline pressure for their coverage of the debt ceiling crisis. In 2015, Raju also was awarded first prize by the Society of Professional Journalists in D.C. for beat coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, and a Folio: Eddie Award for a feature profile on Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Raju has developed a reputation as a reporter who can find out what politicians are privately discussing out of the public's view. And he is well known for his sharp and skillful questioning of politicians, a skill he showcased in 2014 when he moderated debates in two of the biggest races in the country -- for a key Senate seat in Colorado and a hotly contested governor's race there as well.

Raju got his start in media working at the student newspaper The Badger Herald at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his alma mater. And his writing roots extend to his late grandfather, Gopalakrishna Adiga, a legendary poet from South India who wrote in the language of Kannada. Raju is a long-suffering Chicago sports fan and a native of the Greater Chicago area.


Sudeep Reddy is a managing editor of POLITICO.

He joined POLITICO in January 2017 after a decade in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau, where he was an economics editor directing coverage of U.S. and international economic news. He joined the Journal in 2007 as a U.S. economics reporter covering the Federal Reserve and financial crisis and later served as the Journal's international economics correspondent, covering developments across the White House, Treasury Department, IMF and World Bank.

Reddy arrived in the capital as a Washington correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, covering a wide range of policy issues including energy, transportation, technology and immigration. He started his career in Texas as a reporter covering the energy industry and business issues before the Texas Legislature.

A Texas native, Reddy graduated from Brown University with a degree in biomedical ethics and American history.

Kainaz Amaria is the Visuals Editor at Vox. 

As Visuals Editor, Kainaz runs an interdisciplinary team specializing in graphics, interactives, photography, data and design. Previously, she was an editor on NPR’s Visual Team. Before all the desk jobs, she was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India. Her clients included The New York Times, Vogue India, and Reuters. Prior to that, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. In 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar and completed a short film on the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Mumbai. She hates sloths, but loves pizza and puns.

Idrees Ali is a national security and foreign policy correspondent at Reuters News Agency. Before joining Reuters in 2015, he was a special correspondent at The Washington Post where he worked with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Dana Priest on a series on press freedom. He travelled to Pakistan and France to carry out reporting about threats to journalists.

He came to Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for Pakistan Press International (PPI) news agency to cover the diplomatic corps in America’s capital. Soon after, he joined Voice of America and reported on South, Southeast, and East Asia. He reported for UPI Next in Karachi, covering Pakistan’s general elections in 2013.

Idrees holds a Masters in Journalism degree, with a focus on international and conflict reporting, from the University of Maryland College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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