Reshma Kirpalani is a nine time Lone Star EMMY award-winning photojournalist. She currently works as a producer for McClatchy Studios in Washington D.C. Before that she worked at the NPR affiliate and city paper in Austin, Texas and prior to that, she spent a summer at ABCNews.com in New York City while getting her master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas.
Recently, Reshma spearheaded a multimedia project called “The Talk,” which examined the relationship between the African American community and the police force in Austin. “The Talk” led to a live-streamed community forum that aired on KLRU, the local PBS affiliate. The forum was attended by the the mayor, the chief of police, and social justice activists, sparking a dialogue about race relations in Austin. It is exactly this type of impact that Reshma loves about her work as a journalist.