Kamala Kelkar | About Kamala

About Kamala

Kamala is a digital producer for PBS NewsHour Weekend in New York, focusing on injustices within the prison system and the vast disconnect between voters, policy makers and people in jail.

Kamala Kelkar

She is a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Justice Reporting Fellow and will also be speaking on a panel with former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder at Columbia University at the end of January about America’s voting system.


She has 10 years of journalism experience on staff and as a freelancer, reporting from Oakland, India, Alaska and now New York for Al Jazeera English, the Wall Street Journal, Public Radio International’s The World and many other leading outlets. One of her most favorite articles is a long read she wrote for the Guardian on how dubious brain scans are becoming arbiters of life in death penalty cases. She also co-produced an interactive from Delhi’s biggest relocation slum on the effects isolation has on the women there.


She obtained her master’s in public health and science reporting form Columbia University in 2015, with C.V. Starr and Robert Wood Johnson scholarships.


Kamala is also a New York board member of the nonprofit Women, Action and the Media!, which ekes out chromosomal dominance within the journalism industry.


Read her resume.