Rhitu Chatterjee

Rhitu Chatterjee is a Delhi-based journalist.

Rhitu Chatterjee is a contributing correspondent with PRI’s The World. She lives in New Delhi and covers stories about the environment, health and development, and places where they intersect.She has covered the legacy of the world’s largest industrial disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 and how it spurred American communities into action. She has reported on efforts to restore the banks of one of India’s most polluted rivers, the Yamuna.In 2014, she received a reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to investigate India’s free school lunch program, one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the world.In the past couple of years, Rhitu has added gender issues and gender violence to her beat. She goes beyond the breaking news about gender violence to document how men and women in India are grappling with shifting gender roles. Her story about an epidemic of a mysterious kind of chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka and her story about how a 12 year-old girl in rural India is navigating changing gender roles were both finalists for the South Asian Journalism Association’s journalism awards.Rhitu also contributes to NPR shows like All Things Considered and its new development blog, Goats & Soda. Her work has also appeared in Science magazine, Environmental Science & Technology, and NPR’s Morning Edition.She did her undergraduate work in Darjeeling, India and she has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Girls sit inside the Life Line Trust orphanage in Salem in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on June 20, 2013.

In India, access to toilets remains a huge problem — worst of all for women and girls


Some 70 percent of households in India don’t have access to toilets. And the consequences for women are huge.

India's air pollution

She loved to run. In India, she couldn’t. It was unhealthy.

Rajendra Pachauri, then chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the United Nations European headquarters, 2012.

A former UN climate chief’s promotion has set off renewed fury over sexual harassment allegations in India

Sixth-graders at the Leão Machado school in Sao Paulo. School gardens have become a popular way to help kids learn to eat healthier in Brazil.

How schools in Brazil are teaching kids to eat their vegetables

Joise Lopes, a farmer, says selling her produce directly to school meals programs has made a big difference in her income. “Oh god, this money is so good and it came at the right time,” she says.

Brazil’s school lunch program is putting food on the table for the country’s small farmers

Demonstrators in New Delhi

India lowers the age at which suspects can be tried as adults


In response to protests over the release of a suspect in the Delhi gang rape, India’s parliament will allow suspects as young as 16 to be tried as adults.

Asha Devi and her husband Badrinath Singh in their apartment in New Delhi. Three years after her daughter's gang rape and murder, Asha says attitudes about rape victims are starting to change in India. “Earlier, families who experienced this would hide it

The pain of their daughter’s gang rape and murder turned them into activists


Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi became activists after the death of their daughter in a gang rape in New Delhi. But three years after her death, the couple wonder if anything has really changed.

Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn after he was killed by a mob over rumors that he butchered a cow.

A lynch mob killed a man in India — after rumors he ate beef


Earlier this week, there was news of a gruesome murder in a village in northern India. A 50-year-old Muslim man named Mohammed Akhlaq was killed by a lynch mob. The reported motive? Rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home, angering Hindus in the village. The cow is considered a sacred animal by many Hindus. It’s a case which has shocked much of India.

chembur girls soccer

What a generation can bring


Reporter Rhitu Chatterjee reflects on her time with two generations of Indian women.


Indian college women push back against curfews


Indian colleges and universities worried about attacks against their female students have imposed curfews to keep them from leaving their dorms at night. But the students are pushing back with a campaign called “Pinjra Tod,” which means “break the cage.”