New Delhi, India
Organized Crime and Corruption Project Fellow
Jha, 29, helped establish the Reporters Collective in 2021. The group of investigative reporters collaborate to produce in-depth multimedia projectscin multiple languages that “put the spotlight on those in power.”
He previously worked for Bloomberg and in early 2021 wrote a four-part investigative series called The Privatisation Files that examined hundreds of documents obtained through the transparency law.
At the Business Standard, Jha received several awards for his reporting on the politics of statistics in India — the government was hiding a rise in the unemployment rate and a drop in consumer confidence.
The series won awards, was picked up by international newspapers and compelled over 200 economists to write an open letter demanding autonomy over India’s statistical institutions.
Friendly Fellow Samarth Bansal calls Somesh “a fantastic reporter.”