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14 June, 2008

Another Indian American journalist moving to India

Close on the heels of the announcement that Jyoti Thottam of Time magazine will take over as its South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi comes word that Geeta Anand, the New York-based senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal's investigative group, will move to Mumbai for a few years.

According to a SAJAforum message, Geeta Anand will join the Journal's India team, where she will continue to do investigative work on health, science and the environment (among other stories). She will report to the paper's India bureau chief, Paul Beckett, and joins Peter Wonacott, Eric Bellman and Jackie Range as correspondents based in the country (in addition to stringers and others).

Asked why this job at this time, Anand told SAJAforum: "I've always wanted to write about India, and now is the time where it works both for my family and for the Wall Street Journal for me to be there."

Geeta Anand is the author of 2006 nonfiction book, "The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million--And Bucked the Medical Establishment--In a Quest to Save His Children," which is scheduled to be made into a movie titled "Crowley" by the producers of "Erin Brokovich." Just this week, Variety reported that this will be Harrison Ford's next movie (as an actor and executive producer and that filming begins in the fall.

Anand, who shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories on "the roots, significance and impact of corporate scandals in America", is moving with her husband and daughters to the city where she was born and raised. Before moving to the U.S. to study at Dartmouth College and launch her journalism career, she was a top swimmer in India, representing the country in international competition and setting various womens records.

SAJAforum has listed eight US-based South Asians who have moved to India in recent years for major editorial opportunities:
Naresh Fernandes of the Wall Street Journal, now editor of Time Out Mumbai
S. Mitra Kalita of the Washington Post (currently on leave and working in at Mint, a Delhi business daily, as a columnist and editor)
Manjeet Kripalani, South Asia bureau chief of BusinessWeek
Somini Sengupta, South Asia bureau chief of the New York Times
Raju Narisetti, former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, who moved to New Delhi to launch Mint, a business daily
Pankaj Paul, managing editor of the Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal, who moved to New Delhi to become managing editor of The Hindustan Times
Anil Srivatsa, host of "Anil Ki Awaaz," and one of best-known South Asian radio personality in the U.S., now in Delhi as chief operating officer of India Today's Radio Today FM operations
Jyoti Thottam, senior editor of Time, moving to New Delhi to be South Asia bureau chief

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