Astha Rajvanshi is the winner of the 2022 Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. Based in Mumbai, Rajvanshi recently completed a two-year fellowship to write about women, marginalized communities and human rights in India for the Institute of Current World Affairs. Her writing has appeared in TIME, WIRED, National Geographic, Slate, BBC, and The New York Times, among other publications. She previously worked at the New York Times Magazine and Reuters in New York. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s investigative reporting program, Rajvanshi has received writing fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Australia-Korea Foundation, and the Global Migration Project. She was born in New Delhi and grew up in Sydney.
Rajvanshi will use the grant to pursue a story about environmental justice and indigenous rights in India.
The $12,500 annual award was established to commemorate Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who reported empathetically on the human condition. Matt died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda. An endowment fund has been established to make the award possible in perpetuity. To date, more than 650 friends, family, and journalism colleagues have contributed.
Over 70 applications were received for this year’s award. NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute hosts and administers the award.