About

Hello! I’m a freelance reporter, oral historian and photographer based in Washington, D.C.

Many of my pieces have been published in The Washington Post, India Abroad, The New York Times, and UrbanTurf. In 2021, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded me a Fellowship.

My book, a chronicle of 70 years of development and gentrification in D.C., told through oral history, was published by The History Press in late 2021. You can find it here.

Until 2013, my name was Shilpi Paul. That person wrote for The Indian American magazine, News-India Times, and The Internationalist magazine throughout the 2000s, taught a high school journalism class for 5 years, and taught adults how to prepare for the GRE and GMAT for almost a decade.