Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Rajneesh Bhandari

Rajneesh Bhandari

Multimedia Journalist, Investigative Reporter, Filmmaker

Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist, investigative reporter, and filmmaker currently based in Kathmandu and South Asia. His multimedia work on different issues has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Aljazeera, AJ+, BBC Reel and other outlets.

He started his career at Nepal’s top Kantipur Television Network, working for seven years and producing important stories. His best-known investigative story was on lawmakers misusing diplomatic passports. He has also worked as a reporter, multimedia and data editor for j4t.org that focuses on investigative reporting on global issues.

He graduated in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University and has earned Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism and Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. ONA awarded him MJ Bear Fellowship in 2014 for his work on digital journalism. He was a Fulbright Humphrey fellow on investigative reporting and documentary filmmaking at Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University.

Currently, he is training 60 journalists on investigative multimedia reporting and editing their work in Nepal. He has trained journalists in Nepal, Cambodia, San Francisco and other places on multimedia/mojo and investigative reporting for ICFJ, BBC Media Action, Transparency International Cambodia and others. He teaches multimedia application and journalism at colleges in Nepal.