S. Mitra Kalita

S. Mitra Kalita

S. Mitra Kalita is the managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously executive editor for Quartz and served as the site’s founding ideas editor. At the Wall Street Journal, she directed coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. She also co-founded Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, (notably “Suburban Sahibs: Three immigrant families and their passage from India to America”) and has studied seven languages (but only speaks four of them half decently). She has taught journalism at St. John’s, UMass-Amherst, and Columbia Jschool, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. She is at work on a book about school choice through the Spencer Fellowship. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey—with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She lives (and eats) in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City, along with her artist husband, two daughters and one mutt. They will move to LA this summer. She tweets @mitrakalita and her website is www.mitrakalita.com.