Khushbu Shah is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab and Rest of World’s editorial director. Previously, she led newsrooms and bureaus for a start-up award-winning global newsroom and the National Public Radio’s Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Previously at CNN, she produced, reported, and managed coverage on the ground across Latin America, the United States, and Asia. She has also managed network coverage out of Syria and Ukraine. She has produced, written, and edited work on the ground from the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the United States. Shah has launched and led more than two dozen newsroom partnerships while leading an award-winning global newsroom start-up with the New York Times, Associated Press, and the Guardian, among dozens of other publications, including a TIME magazine cover with an all-women Afghan newsroom. She began her career in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she spent two years at Moby Media Group, the parent company of TOLO News. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Guardian, Washington Post, Businessweek, and elsewhere.
Khushbu holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in Comparative Politics and a bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an advisor to Report for the World and a yet-to-be named effort to support Afghan newsrooms in exile. She is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. Khushbu is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and a member of the South Asian Journalists Association.