About

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Puja Changoiwala is an award-winning journalist and author

of three books — HomeboundGangster on the Run and The Front Page Murders. She is drawn to stories that spotlight lives on the bladed fringes of Indian society — from the sewer divers of Mumbai to the water-starved villages of Odisha to those riding the 'Internet Express' trains in Kashmir.


Previously a senior correspondent with Hindustan Times, Puja's work explores and investigates the intersections of gender, crime, social justice, human rights, science and technology in India. Her reportage has featured across the likes of BBC, CNN, The Hindu, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, Undark, The Wire, VICE, among other publications across the world. 

Puja is a recipient of several awards, honours and fellowships, including the following: 

  • American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Writing Award, 2022.

  • Journalism for an Equitable Asia Merit Award, 2022.

  • Fellow, International Writers' Residency, Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre, 2022.

  • 2022 Walter E. Dakin Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

  • International Centre for Journalists’ Covid-19 Reporting Award, 2021.

  • Fellow, Global Investigative Journalism Network, 2019.

  • Red Ink Merit Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism, 2019.

  • Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity, 2018.

  • Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, 2018.

  • Westminster Alumni Award - Outstanding Achievement, 2018.