Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, will receive the Shorenstein Journalism Award for 2017 at an event in Stanford on April 16. The award is given annually to a journalist who has produced outstanding reporting on Asia and has made significant contributions to Western understanding of the region, the university said in an announcement last month.
“Siddharth Varadarajan’s insightful reporting and analysis of strategic policy issues have made him a leading journalist and commentator,” jury member Nayan Chanda had said in the announcement in March. “His original perspective and courageous accounts of India’s domestic and foreign policies have for years received high acclaim, informing readers in India, the United States, and around the world.”
Varadarajan is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on April 16 along with Chanda, Shorenstein Fellow Thomas Fingar and political scientist Shalendra Sharma, who teaches at the University of San Francisco’s Department of Politics.
Before founding The Wire, Varadarajan was at The Hindu. He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at The Times of India and Shiv Nadar University’s Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory.