Sona Patel

Sona Patel currently works at The New York Times as the Program and Editorial Director of the Local Investigations Fellowship. She works with Dean Baquet, the former executive editor of The New York Times, and together started this new fellowship for investigative journalism focused on the state and local level.

Sona Patel

Prior to this, Sona was the Director of Community & User Generated Content at The New York Times where she oversaw The Times’s Community moderation team and worked on improving the ways readers can interact with each other — and Times journalists — on our platforms.

Sona started her career as a beat reporter for The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune and later switched gears to become the social media editor at The Seattle Times. There she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2010.

Sona is a strong advocate for diversity in newsrooms. She was the Seattle chapter president of the Asian American Journalists Association and served as vice president of the New York chapter.

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