The first season of No Passport Required aired in summer 2018 on PBS. Hosted by chef Marcus Samuelsson, each of the six episodes took viewers into a specific immigrant community in a different American city — from Miami to Queens — to learn more about food culture and the people behind it.
My role as co-executive producer includes pitching the show to networks, researching episodes and storylines, working on edits, creating style guides and language standards, conceptualizing and leading editorial for sponsorship and marketing opportunities, and spearheading the on-platform and social content and strategy for promotion on Eater.com and six Eater city sites.
Below is a selection of podcasts I’ve been featured on, where I’ve talked about topics I’m passionate about that intersect with the world of food and dining culture — whether that’s baseball stadium food or the importance of thinking about race and identity in food media.
I speak frequently at conferences and industry events about food culture, food media, digital media, and leading inclusive newsrooms. I’ve lead panels in moderation roles and in workshop formats.
South Asian Representation in Pop Culture: We Can Do Better [AAJA 2019]
The Truth Behind Cookbooks, with Alison Roman and Von Diaz [Eater Young Guns Summit, 2019]
Food + Culture: South Asia Panel [Mana Contemporary x NYU Food Studies, 2019]
Conversation with Madhur Jaffrey about Indian Food & Immigration [92Y, 2019]
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Panel at Anheuser Busch [APAHM 2019]
How Food Publications Make Money [IACP 2018]
No Passport Required TV Show Panel [TCA 2018]
Food For Thought: A Discussion On Asian Food Entrepreneurship [Oath 2018]
Words Matter: How to navigate difficult conversations up and down [AAJA 2017 and 2018]
When Editors Build a CMS [BuzzFeed Tech Talks Primetime: Digital Content Creation 2017]
Interpreting Southern Food in NYC [Taste Talks 2016]
Asian: More than just a flavor [AAJA 2016]
I’m passionate about inclusive workplaces and inclusive content. I often judge journalism competitions, and I have mentored, tutored, and volunteered at organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs, 826NYC, and KIPP Scribes.
I’d love to hear from you. For speaking opportunities or other queries, please email me.