Chandrika is a News Editor at CNN Digital, a writer/producer for CNN Domestic shows, a planning producer at CNN International and an assignment editor at CNN International.
Chandrika has been part of CNN since 2000, when she joined CNN International full time as a senior writer and line producer. She was in the control room producing a two-hour show when the statue of Saddam Hussein fell in Baghdad in April 2003. She briefly anchored 'World Report' at CNN International. Chandrika took a leave of absence in 2011 to go back to school, and is now back at CNN working in several departments.
Chandrika is part of CNN news-gathering teams that won several awards. Among them:
News & Documentary Emmy in 2013 for the Israel/Gaza conflict and coverage of the war in Syria; Peabody Award in 2010 for the coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill, in 2008 for the Presidential Elections, and in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina; and a DuPont-Columbia Award in 2006 for the Tsunami in South Asia.
Prior to joining CNN, Chandrika worked for the Dallas Times Herald as a business reporter and columnist -- the first South Asian columnist at a major US newspaper. She broke several stories at the paper, including one about 'Barney, the Dinosaur' before he appeared on television and became a household name. She was a news writer and field producer for KDFW and WFAA in Dallas, and a general assignment reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer. She worked as an anchor in New Delhi, India, for TVi -- one of India's first satellite news networks.
Chandrika has a Master's in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; a Master's in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Chandrika loves travel and music and often performs Bollywood songs at cultural events in and around Atlanta.