Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist and filmmaker currently based in Kathmandu and South Asia.
His multi-media work on different issues have appeared in the New York Times (NYT), National Geographic (Nat Geo), Aljazeera, AJ+, NPR, Fusion, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and other outlets as well. His recent assignment was about Nepal earthquake where he reported from the epicenter Gurkha and other most affected areas of Nepal for the NYT, Nat Geo, NPR, and AJ+.
Rajneesh worked at Nepal’s top Kantipur Television Network (KTV) for seven years before moving to independent journalism. His best-known investigative story that was aired on KTV showed how some of the lawmakers were misusing their diplomatic passports. That story won him the KTV journalist of the year award.
He also worked as the Multimedia Editor of European Journalism Center’s ThinkBrigade.org, editing the multimedia work of 35 reporters across the globe. As the data editor for the Journalists for Transparency’s J4T.org, he edited data stories on food.
He graduated in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University and has earned a Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tribhuwan University in Nepal.
He has conducted multimedia reporting trainings for South Asian journalists with International Center for Journalists and other local journalists on topics ranging from video journalism to reporting with social media. He teaches multimedia application, online media, and television production at colleges in Nepal. He also coordinates Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media, isolated in a room for 72 hrs. He was awarded Online News Association’s MJ Bear Fellowship for his contribution towards digital journalism in Nepal.