ProPublica has hired reporter Kartikay Mehrotra to cover issues at the intersection of immigration and labor. He will start on Dec. 1.
Mehrotra comes to ProPublica from Bloomberg News, where he worked for 11 years between San Francisco and New Delhi. In the Bay Area, he covered cybersecurity, election security and legal affairs, with a focus on immigration. His piece on immigrants facing workplace retaliation, “In Trump’s America, Bosses are Accused of Weaponizing the ICE Crackdown,” led to federal labor and civil penalties that forced North America’s largest blueberry producer to pay more than $5 million in fines and back wages.
Mehrotra spent about seven years overseas covering India. During his time working from New Delhi, he wrote about the Indian economy and government, including a series on a public health and safety crisis that unfolded as a result of failed sanitation programs that left rural communities without toilets. The stories prompted investors and NGOs to help the communities spotlighted in his reporting.
Mehrotra’s work has been honored by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, the North American Agricultural Journalists, the Society of Publishers in Asia and the San Francisco Press Club. He lives in Oakland, California, and will be based in the Bay Area.
“Kartikay has a talent for finding revelatory stories on labor and abuses of power — locally, nationally and globally,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor for national. “We look forward to working with him on hard-hitting journalism that holds power to account.”
“I became a reporter to produce accountability journalism, and the opportunity to do it for ProPublica will be an honor,” Mehrotra said. “I’m eager to get to work on exploring the immigrant workforce.”