Bharatpur, Nepal

Organized Crime and Corruption Project Fellow

Dhakal, 34, has been a multimedia reporter for, a Nepalese/English digital news outlet, since 2018. During the fellowship program, Dhakal will work for Wisconsin Watch, an innovative digital startup founded by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting.

He’s done in-depth reports on child sexual abuse and children deprived of an elementary school education and covered sensitive topics such as dowry practices and menstrual cycle taboos.

Dhakal also reported on the Rohingya refugees in Nepal and melting glaciers. He previously worked for a national radio network and notably covered wildlife conservation efforts and the problems of people with HIV. His editor calls Dhakal “an outstanding reporter with a team spirit, the ability to lead and a keenness to learn.”