Contact: Kimberly Abbott
Washington, DC – The Fuller Project today appointed Khushbu Shah Editor in Chief of the newsroom, signaling a new chapter for its growth and expansion.
Khushbu is a two-time Murrow Award-winning, Peabody and Emmy-nominated multi-platform journalist, who has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, and other outlets. She has also produced and managed teams for BBC, NBC, CNN and has served as managing editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting.
“Khushbu has an incisive vision of journalism that is accountable to underrepresented women while bringing untold stories to the page in legacy and local news outlets. Having been a war and crisis journalist and producer, and a U.S. managing editor focused on the intersection of race, gender, and politics, her appointment marks a deepening of our commitment to stories that cross boundaries and break new ground,” said CEO & Co-Founder Xanthe Scharff.
Started in 2015 in Istanbul by war correspondents concerned with the need for more reporting on women, The Fuller Project has grown into an award-winning nonprofit newsroom decided to groundbreaking reporting on women in the U.S. and around the world. Now headquartered in Washington, DC, The Fuller Project has a team of full-time reporters and editors based in four U.S. cities, and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Fuller Project was founded by Christina Asquith, who was Editor in Chief from 2015-2020.
Newsroom partnerships with local, national and global reporters and newsrooms in support of reporting about women is at the heart of The Fuller Project’s work. Through one of these partnerships, The Fuller Project helped the largest media company in East Africa, Nation Media Group, to launch the first-ever gender desk.
The Fuller Project is focused on exposing justice, raising awareness, and spurring impact by rigorously reporting stories that aren’t reported elsewhere. Recent work has led to new legislation being introduced and the halt of abusive practices. The Fuller Project’s reporting in TIME was among the first to draw attention to the economic impact of COVID on women, with data showing women are the majority of unemployment seekers. An investigation into virginity testing in Marie Claire prompted officials in Angeles City, Philippines to stop hymen exams in government clinics, and led to NY and CA lawmakers introducing new legislation to ban the abusive practice. The story, Imagine Online Schooling in a Language You Don’t Understand, drew attention to the unaddressed struggles of immigrant parents during the pandemic, was widely circulated among educators, and won first place in the education category of ASJA’s Crisis Coverage Awards. A six-part series on limited reproductive health and child care in Wisconsin and California, and the impact on Black women and women of color, exposed systemic crises in maternal mortality, reproductive care and childcare access, and won the Milwaukee Press Club Silver Award for Best Consumer Story.
The Fuller Project’s newsroom has also won the Military Reporters & Editors Award for reporting from Afghanistan on women in security for The New York Times Magazine, the One World Media Award for reporting from India on female police officers fighting rape in ELLE UK, and the Amnesty International Media Award for reporting in ELLE UK on girls trafficked into brothels in Bangladesh.
Khushbu’s vision for The Fuller Project newsroom is rooted in her own story and career working to tell stories of people who are often invisible in the media.
“My father was a doctor in India, but in the U.S. ran a motel with my mother, who also worked the night shift at 7-11. They never took a holiday in 20 years so they could send me to college. Growing up behind a motel lobby, in a town where I didn’t know any other Indian families, I was part of an America that was invisible,” said The Fuller Project’s new Editor in Chief, Khushbu Shah. “That’s what informs my journalism and storytelling. I want to talk to those people who are often invisible in journalism. There are many newsrooms who don’t see me and others like me as part of the fabric of stories, and that means too often we are looking at the world from one perspective. I want the people affected by policies to tell me what stories matter, not just the people informing policy for those people. That’s what we do at The Fuller Project.”
Khushbu has reported from and led teams in crisis zones and natural disasters in the U.S., Afghanistan, India, the West Bank, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 2016 she was the producer for CNN Correspondent Ed Lavandera covering the Charlotte, North Carolina protests after police shot a Black man sitting in his car, reporting which won the Murrow Award in 2017. As the sole producer on site for the investigative team reporting on the undercounted deaths and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria in 2017, her team won the 2018 Murrow Award and was nominated for the Peabody award. During the 2017 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, she was first on the ground and set editorial and logistic foundations for dozens of
incoming CNN staff while producing daily pieces for AC 360. She was news editor for three CNN Emmy-nominated teams for breaking coverage in Ukraine in 2014, Typhoon Haiyan in 2015 and network-wide Hurricane coverage in 2018.
Khuhsbu’s in-depth reporting on police brutality in the U.S. brought light to the stories of families and mothers of Black men and women killed by police. In her reported series on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery for The Guardian, she obtained 911 calls and the resignation letter of a district attorney assigned to the case, and examined in-depth the breakdown of the criminal justice system following Arbery’s death in Brunswick, Georgia.
Her reporting exposes injustices impacting women, ranging from reproductive care access in the South to immigration and inequality across Latin America. She spent months after the November 2016 election crisscrossing the United States interviewing Americans who had voted for President Trump from Washington to Wyoming. In 2018, Khushbu profiled a pregnant mother and her children and the transgender women making their way to the U.S. amid the migrant caravan traveling via Tijuana on the border with Mexico. She began her career as an editor at age 24 in Afghanistan where she led a team of 25 researchers for Moby Group, a news and entertainment group that now reaches 300 million.