Dionne Bunsha

Dionne Bunsha is an award-winning journalist from Mumbai, India, who has written about suicide deaths among farmers, religious strife in India, human rights, threats to the Indian environment and a range of other crucial issues. She worked most recently for Frontline magazine of The Hindu group. Bunsha is the author of Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat (2006), a book researched at some personal risk.

Bunsha was born and raised in Mumbai, India. From 1995-1999, she was a reporter for the Times of India in Mumbai focusing on health, human rights and environmental issues. After graduate school, in 2001, she returned to journalism as a reporter for Frontline magazine, writing about human rights, politics, wildlife conservation and climate change.[1]

Bunsha has won several awards for her writing. She was awarded two of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2006-2007 for 'Environmental Reporting' and 'Books (Non-Fiction)', presented by the President of India APJ Kalam;[2] the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Journalism for Tolerance Prize for South Asia in 2005;[3] the Sanskriti Award for Journalism in 2003; and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties Human Rights Award in 2003.

She has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (2000), and completed a diploma in Social Communications Media at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, in 1995. In 2008 Bunsha was awarded a prestigious John S. Knight Fellowship for journalism at Stanford University, USA. In mid 2009 she enrolled as a PhD student in environmental studies at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

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