Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2)

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. He reported on the Nepal earthquake from the most affected areas for the New York Times, National Geographic, NPR, and AJ+.

Rajneesh worked at Nepal’s top Kantipur Television Network (KTV) for seven years on social issues before moving to independent journalism. His best-known investigative story that aired on KTV showed how certain lawmakers were misusing their diplomatic passports. That story also won him the KTV journalist of the year award. Rajneesh worked as the Multimedia Editor of the European Journalism Center’s ThinkBrigade.org, editing the multimedia work of 35 reporters across the globe. He has also worked as the data and multimedia editor for the Journalists for Transparency’s J4T.org.

He graduated in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University and has earned a Master’s in Journalism and Political Science from Tribhuwan University in Nepal. He was a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow on Investigative Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. He was awarded the Online News Association’s MJ Bear Fellowship for his contribution to digital journalism in Nepal. Additionally, he was the coordinator for Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media while isolated in a room for 72 hrs.

Rajneesh is currently working on investigative pieces related to accountability and transparency of the reconstruction work after the Nepal earthquake and is interested in the accountability of humanitarian work in South Asia.