In a 34-year career as a journalist, Sainath —the former Rural Editor of the
Hindu –– has won over 40 global and national awards for his reporting. He is the winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007, for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts. He was the first reporter in the world to win
Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in its inaugural
year in 2000. He was also the first Indian reporter to win the European
Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Prize for human rights journalism in 1995. Apart
from the 40 plus print media awards, two documentary films on his work, ‘Nero’s
Guests’ and A Tribe of his Own,’ have between them picked up over 20 awards
across the globe. Sainath is also a teacher who has trained well over 1,000 media persons across 27 years. His last full-time stint was as McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University Fall (2012).
He teaches journalism every year at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai and the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (where he teaches the course: Covering Deprivation). His latest project, the People’s Archive of Rural India launched on Dec. 20, 2014. It aims at capturing the ‘everyday lives of everyday people’ – their labor, languages, livelihoods, arts, crafts and many other aspects of rural India. This will be a platform that combines video, audio, still photography and print.