Aarti Shahani

    Aarti Shahani is a Technology Correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley. She has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. Before journalism, she was a community organizer in New York City, helping prisoners and families facing deportation. She authored a study of immigrants inside Rikers Island that became pivotal to a successful campaign to sever ties between the jail and the Department of Homeland Security and shape the national sanctuary cities movement. Her activism was honored by the Union Square Awards and Legal Aid Society. Shahani received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. She was the youngest recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc. Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens—in the most diverse zip code in the country—and believes every American should visit her hometown to understand what makes America great.

    Books by Aarti Shahani

    Here We Are

    NPR Silicon Valley Correspondent Aarti Shahani shares the story of her immigrant family: shopkeepers who got a taste of the American Dream, and the American nightmare.

    On Sale: October 1, 2019

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