About

Hello! I’m a freelance reporter based in Washington, D.C.

For over a decade, I’ve been reporting on two topics: development and neighborhood change in D.C., and the acculturation of the Indian American community. Many of my articles have been published in The Washington Post and India Abroad.

Right now, I’m collecting an oral history of Shaw and Bloomingdale, the most gentrified area in the city and the second most gentrified zip code in the country.

Once, I was the staff reporter for the blog UrbanTurf. Before that, I was a teacher (of high school journalism, yoga, and GRE and GMAT test prep) and a freelancer for The Indian American magazine.

I studied Anthropology, which informs the way I see everything. My name used to be Shilpi Paul, and vestiges of that person can still be found in quiet corners of the web.