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

Rajneesh Bhandari

Rajneesh Bhandari

Founder, Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network

Rajneesh Bhandari is an award-winning multimedia journalist, investigations editor, and documentary filmmaker 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 is the founder of the Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network (NIMJN) which produces investigative stories on social justice and accountability issues. NIMJN also trains journalists in advanced investigative multimedia reporting.

Rajneesh started his journalism 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 focusing on investigative reporting on global issues.

He graduated in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University and has earned Master’s 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 is a Fulbright Humphrey alumnus of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and the recipient of the Themis Speak-up Award 2022.