ProPublica announced Tuesday that reporter Kavitha Surana is joining the newsroom’s national staff. She will focus on changes to reproductive health access in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Surana first came to ProPublica as a senior reporting fellow in 2018, covering immigration in the midst of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. In this role she co-reported an enterprising story about grueling working conditions inside a shelter for young migrants, in addition to reporting on detained, panicked parents stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare after being separated from their children. She also led an investigation with the Los Angeles Times about deadly, unrestrained Border Patrol chases and was a contributor to immigration projects including “No Sanctuary,” the “Waiting Game” and “Trapped in Gangland.”
After her ProPublica fellowship, Surana covered breaking news for the Tampa Bay Times on the night shift. Using the opportunity to scout for investigations, she reported deep dives into the deadly use of Tasers by local law enforcement, water problems at a mobile home park that were sickening children, the troubling work conditions of Facebook content moderators and a team narrative at a local nursing home about one of the worst COVID-19 death tolls in the state. Surana later landed a spot on the paper’s enterprise team, where she covered the intersection of race and systems, including an incisive probe into an incident at a Black Lives Matter protest in which a white counter protester pulled a gun, yet two Black men were blamed.
This year, Surana went on to work at BuzzFeed News, where she has remained on the race and civil rights beat. She starts at ProPublica on Aug. 1.