Anjuli Sastry (she/her) is a 2021 Nieman Journalism Foundation Visiting Fellow. During her fellowship, Sastry will work on a two-pronged project to increase diversity within public radio. On air, she will launch a new audio and video project to elevate voices of color across NPR radio shows, podcasts and visual platforms. Behind the scenes, Sastry will create a guide for mentorship programs that foster retention and support employees of color in journalism.
Before starting her fellowship, Anjuli was a producer on the NPR podcast and weekend radio show It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. In that role, Sastry cut interviews, wrote scripts, booked guests, scored music, planned future coverage, led editorial direction of episodes and more. She's produced episodes that look at gun violence in Oakland, a deep dive into the history of drag culture and interviews with folks like John Legend and Jennifer Lopez. She also produced live shows in places like Iowa and Chicago and directed weekly tapings of It's Been a Minute.
Sastry started her career at NPR on the flagship newsmagazine All Things Considered. In this role, Sastry led the show's social media team, was the lead producer for the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots series and reported in the Southwest and Mexico with Melissa Block and Elissa Nadworny for the special series Our Land.
Sastry is a co-founder of the Marginalized Genders and Intersex People of Color Mentorship Program at NPR. She and her co-founders received the NPR Diversity Success employee award for their work in 2018. She was also part of the inaugural 2018 Online News Association Journalism Mentorship Collaborative and has spoken about mentorship at Werk It: A Women's Podcast Festival and the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
In 2019, Sastry was named an AIR New Voices Scholar.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sastry earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.