Rupa Shenoy


The World

Rupa Shenoy is a former reporter for The World.

Rupa Shenoy is a former reporter for The World. Rupa also created and hosted the podcast Otherhood, based in The World newsroom. She was previously a daily and investigative reporter for Boston Public Radio, and, before that, Minnesota Public Radio, where her reporting on the indefinite detention of civilly committed sex offenders contributed to the state Supreme Court ruling the program unconstitutional.Before making the move to broadcast, Rupa worked at The Associated Press, covering major national events like the arrest of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the murders of Jennifer Hudson's family members, and the election of Barack Obama.Rupa also reported for the Daily Herald, the third-largest Illinois newspaper, where she broke the story of a Superfund site that had been insufficiently remediated, causing high cancer rates in a surrounding neighborhood. She started out as an investigative reporter for the race-and-poverty-focused magazine The Chicago Reporter.Rupa has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School. 

A Christian nun, center, holds a placard and shouts slogans with others demanding the release of tribal rights activist Stan Swamy and other activists during a demonstration in Bengaluru, India, Nov. 12, 200.

Indian activists hope elderly priest’s death marks a turning point for human rights in India

Human rights

Stan Swamy died on July 5. The Indian government said he died of medical causes, but now, officials from the US and United Nations are expressing concern about the circumstances of his death — and activists hope their pressure could force a turning point for human rights in the country.

A worker wearing a yellow safety hat inspects disposable blue gloves at a factory.

US human trafficking report elicits anger from several countries

Human rights
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the US Capitol in Washington

Critics say Biden’s plan to combat domestic extremism repeats past mistakes

Hands hold a round white cloth circle with George Floyd's face in the middle that reads, "Justice 4 all stolen lives"

Report: UN rights chief Bachelet calls for states to ‘stop denying and start dismantling racism’

Tourists at the mingling with Stone Mountain and colorful trees in the background

Stone Mountain — home to the largest Confederate monument in the US — is celebrating its first Juneteenth

Tronco, or multiple foot stocks used to to constrain enslaved people

The Netherlands hosts a new slavery exhibit, as historical debates continue 


“Slavery,” a new exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, tells the stories of 10 individuals who were involved in slavery under Dutch colonial rule.

A person wearing blue gloves presents a vial of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine dose

Charges dropped against Congolese Canadian doctor accused of starting COVID outbreak


Family physician Jean-Robert Ngola faced harassment and death threats after being falsely accused of spreading the coronavirus.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi at a podium with an Egyptian flag behind him

Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions

Global Politics

Egypt has been the second-largest recipient of US military aid since the Camp David Accords in 1978.

Men carrying white plastic bags of food from a pile of bags

COVID sparks a new ‘right to food’ movement across the globe

Human rights

The pandemic has contributed to a doubling in food insecurity around the world.

Aerial view of a Hindu temple next to a parking lot and greenery.

Lawsuits bring attention to caste discrimination in the US

Caste in America

People across the US have been divided over whether caste should be added as a protected class under anti-discrimination policies.