Kashmiri Journalist Sameer Yasir Joins The New York Times

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SRINAGAR: Sameer Yasir, a journalist from Kashmir has joined The New York Times as India reporter, after freelancing with the respected American newspaper for many years. He announced this on Facebook on Sunday evening, saying he has joined the publication as a full-time reporter. He shall be based in Delhi.

Sameer Yasir

Born in Baramulla, 34-year-old Sameer will be reporting from India and its neighbouring countries. Recently he wrote on cyclone in India, its sectarian strife, the crisis in Sri- Lanka and the rise of nationalism in India.

Last year, post scrapping of special status, when Kashmir was put under lockdown, he followed a Kashmiri mother and her 16-hour odyssey to find an antidote for her son, who was bitten by a snake and later died. He wrote about Kashmiri children: anxious and cooped up inside their homes as education became a glaring casualty of the conflict. His last big story on Kashmir was on the mental health crises faced by people.

In nine years of his journalism career he has written for Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesBBC online, Times of London and Firstpost, where he was a Jammu and Kashmir correspondent.

Sameer started his career with Kashmir Life in August 2011 and continued working as a correspondent till April 2013.

Sameer also taught at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan, where he is also a PhD student. He is co-editor of a book on radicalization in South Asia, which was published by SAGE last year. He was awarded Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship at Columbia University in New York and also a fellowship at Bard College in New York

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