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S. Mitra Kalita

S. Mitra Kalita

Ideas Editor, Quartz, USA

S. Mitra Kalita is the ideas editor at Quartz. She worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and, most recently, reported on the housing crisis. She also launched 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, and speaks seven languages (but only four of them well). She has taught journalism at St. John's and Columbia universities and U-Mass Amherst, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

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 and two daughters.

She tweets @mitrakalita and her website is She will spend her next year doing a fellowship at Columbia and reporting a book on school choice through the lens of one New York City neighborhood. More of her work can be read at: and

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