Sona Patel

I’m currently working with Dean Baquet, former executive editor of The New York Times, as the Program and Editorial Director to start a new fellowship for investigative journalism focused on the state and local level.

Prior to this, I was the Director of Community & User Generated Content at The New York Times where I 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.

I started my 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 I was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2010.

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

Work by Sona Patel for The New York Times