PAST. Full-time newspaper reporter and editor.
My name is Alakananda Mookerjee. And I’m Indian on both sides.
Still, I did my job fairly well, even though I tempted the firing squad more than once. So, I’ve tasted the magic and the dread of journalism. My career didn’t take me places. I took it, from the smog-drenched streets of a crowded, chaotic Asian capital to a tropical island—home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world—to the barren prairies of the American Midwest to Arcadian New England hamlets.
This journey—both through places and broadsheets—was an occasion to cover a potpourri of events in municipal governments, cop houses, courts, schools, Main Street and everything in between. I’ve worked as a reporter and an editor, in publications, both the paper and the pixel, in metropolitan broadsheets and community rags.
I love donuts, flying saucers and lenticular clouds. (In case you missed the connection, they’re all the same shape, more or less.)