Purvi Thacker is a multimedia journalist based in New York. She currently works as a Digital Producer at CNN. Previously she was News Curation editor and writer for BuzzFeed News.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Vice News, BuzzFeed News, Quartz, Al Jazeera America, The Express Tribune, and India Abroad among others.
In 2015, Purvi was awarded two fully-funded fellowships by the International Reporting Project - to Nepal and Ecuador. She covered one of largest recorded earthquakes in Nepal; her dispatches included disaster relief and rescue measures, as well as women's health and other development issues. She was also interviewed by BBC World's Public Radio International on covering natural disaster.
In Ecuador, she found a story on how some Ecuadorian prisons are taking a unique approach to rehabilitating inmates: giving them radio shows. Her in-depth story was featured as a long read on BuzzFeed News.
In 2016, she was one of four journalists chosen to accompany UN Women and Coca Cola to South Africa, to learn about their #5by20 initiative to empower women.
She has previously worked with The Committee to Protect Journalists as part of their Social Media team on issues of press freedom and impunity. Additionally she covered the United Nations 67th Annual General Assembly as part of their Webcast team. She was also senior correspondent at The Times of India in Mumbai, where she is originally from.
She graduated with an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has a BA in English and Creative Writing from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Purvi is passionate about Sufi music, obstacle racing, photography, human rights and animals.