Reporter, Editor, NPR
Rhitu Chatterjee is a reporter and editor with National Public Radio’s science desk, where she covers science and health. She is currently exploring some of the social influences on public health, especially the health of women and children. Her recent story about the disturbingly high rate of infant death among African Americans showed how racial discrimination makes black mothers more likely to lose a baby in the first year of life.
Prior to her current role, Chatterjee edited NPR’s award-winning food blog, The Salt. And from 2013 to 2016, she was based in New Delhi and was a contributing correspondent with Science magazine and PRI’s The World, a daily international radio show co-produced by the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH Boston.
She also freelanced for various American public radio shows and podcasts. Prior to that, she was a science correspondent with PRI’s The World, covering everything from science, health and environment to international development.
During her time in India, Chatterjee reported primarily on global health and development. She also covered human rights and women’s issues. She has reported on issues like child marriage, maternal mortality, gender-based violence and abortion. Her stories went beyond the breaking news headlines about sexual violence and away from simplistic narratives of victimhood to give a more realistic and nuanced portrait of Indian women and their struggles.
Chatterjee has won two reporting grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and her stories have been nominated for awards.