Reshma Kirpalani has worked at The Austin American-Statesman for five years. Before that she worked at the NPR affiliate in Austin where she produced a radio documentary about the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, 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.