I am an independent journalist working in Geneva, Switzerland. I believe journalism can have an impact if done earnestly.
Like many aspiring young reporters, I headed to New Delhi in the winter of 2003 and ended up working for pink papers. After nearly five years of doing the rounds in Delhi’s corridors of power, as is the wont of journalists in the capital, I decided to quit just as I was beginning to get too comfortable. Soon, I headed to New York University in late 2008 for a masters’ program in Business & Economic Reporting to learn finance and long-form investigative writing. I worked in New York for two years, alongside University. I moved to Switzerland in 2010 and have since been working as a freelance journalist.
In 2013, I finished another masters in Development Studies at The Graduate Institute in Geneva. I have worked at a trade law firm and at a UN public health organization here in Geneva.
I have reported on public finances, India’s monetary policy and the financial sector, for the biggest pink papers in India, based out of Delhi. In New York, I reported on debt and bankruptcy in the immediate aftermath of the financial crises in different newsrooms. In Switzerland, I write on issues of banking secrecy, illicit financial flows, bilateral trade deals, intellectual property and the pharmaceutical industry.
Alongside journalism, I also do short-term, custom research-based work on issues that interest me.
I have a bachelors in science, in genetics, chemistry and microbiology from Osmania University, Hyderabad. I am also trained in broadcast journalism from The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
I love reading, writing and traveling. I live in a small Swiss town located on the shores of Lake Leman, with my husband.
My latest stories can be tracked here on this site and on my online portfolio.
Some of my previous work is filed here.
I can be reached at: patnaik[dot]reporting[at]gmail[dot]com
I tweet here – @pretpat – mostly about Indian politics, global health and interesting work of other commentators.