For nearly two decades, journalism has been my life and I wouldn’t change any of it!

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, my parents moved to Louisiana when I was 10 years old. Since then, I’ve been a “crawfish loving, Who Dat-ing, and being able to say Atchafalaya & Tchoupitoulas” geaux girl.

My journalism career began as a senior in high school with a two-week trial internship at WWL in New Orleans. In those two weeks, a mentor told me he saw the news bug had already bit and there was no turning back now. My two weeks extended into a full senior year internship. That turned into a part-time job during all of college, which eventually led to a full-time job. Since then, I’ve reported in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Jackson, MS.

In my time in news, I have worn a number of hats and covered a variety of stories including Katrina and numerous other hurricanes, the BP oil spill as well as the 2016 summer in Baton Rouge.

I started doing investigations about 10 years ago and immediately fell in love. I’m that person who loves puzzles and investigations can definitely feel like a 1,000 piece puzzle. One tip can lead to someone getting justice, a voice, a law being changed or someone ending up behind bars. The ability to make an impact is what makes me love my job. My passion lies in giving a voice to the voiceless and ensuring the powerful don’t abuse their power.

I’m truly blessed to have won numerous awards in the past nearly 20 years including several Edward R. Murrows, Emmy’s, Reporter of the Year, Newsperson of the Year, to name a few.

I realize that in the world we’re living in, many people don’t have much trust in the media. I cannot even begin to express how much it means to me to have the love and support I do from the public and the trust you all put into me. THAT is what keeps me going and that makes me do my job because you, the public, deserve the truth…the whole truth, not only the parts people think you should know. It’s also why I’m diving into the deep end head first with this venture. I believe old-school investigative journalism is badly needed. So I promise you that I will do everything in my power to give the public all sides and the whole truth regardless how difficult it is to see or hear.

I also see the division in this country and it breaks my heart. I’m a first generation Indian-American. Despite the hardships that brings, it also has made me who I am because I am very proud to be Indian and American and of the Sikh religion. I love educating others about my culture and religion because I do believe some of the division comes from people just not knowing how other cultures and their traditions work. Along with English, I’m fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, although I wish I would have paid more attention when my grandfather tried to teach me how to write in Punjabi as well.

I’m a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Criminal Justice. In my spare time, I love traveling, cooking, walking (to get my 10,000 steps), painting and just being outdoors! My new love is gardening (thanks Covid).

I’m beyond thrilled to be at this point in my life and so thankful to God for giving me the willpower to take this leap of faith. Again, YOU the public, are serving as my back.

 

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