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Chitra Wadhwani named editorial director of Washington Post Live

The Washington Post Nov 16 announced the appointment of veteran broadcast producer Chitra Wadhwani as the editorial director of Washington Post Live where she will oversee and drive the strategy for the ‘Race in America’ series, which examines the movement to end systemic racism and police brutality, and more broadly how race and identity affect the lives of people in a myriad of ways. In addition, she will support executive producer Katherine O’Hearn in guiding the overall editorial direction of Live programming.

“Washington Post Live is producing more digital programming than ever before, with nearly 200 programs since April. “Race in America” is one of our most important initiatives. We launched in June in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd and quickly expanded to a weekly series featuring significant voices leading the fight for equality,” said O’Hearn. “Throughout her career, Chitra has given voice to the individuals and ideas shaping the future, creating powerful conversations that richly inform. We are thrilled to add her exceptional news judgement and deep experience to our team, which will only enhance our coverage of this moment of national reckoning.”

In this role, Wadhwani will collaborate closely with the reporters and editors in the newsroom who are steeped in covering issues of race to produce programs that build on the momentum “Race in America” has generated and move the national conversation about race forward. Averaging over a quarter of a million views per event, the series has featured discussions about the need for reforms to curb police brutality and end racial profiling, the debate around historical monuments and how the country memorializes its past, inequality and exploitation in culture, diversity in corporate America and what steps should be taken to make progress, among others. Notable speakers include House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Fair Fight Action Founder and Chair Stacey Abrams, supermodel, activist and CEO Beverly Johnson, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, founder and creative director of Brother Vellies Aurora James, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, among others.

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