«Class of 2006

Suman Pradhan

freelance writer and founding editor, Kantipur Online, Kathmandu, Nepal

Pradhan was born in Birganj, Nepal and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English and a master’s degree in history, both from Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. Inspired by a budding multiparty democracy taking hold in Nepal, Pradhan left his job as a pharmaceutical salesman and became a journalist. His first journalism job was in 1993 as a reporter at the Kathmandu Post, where he rose to the position of news coordinator. In late 1999, he conceptualized and launched Kantipur Online, Nepal’s first all-news Internet portal. He returned to the Kathmandu Post in 2000 as news editor to supervise 50 reporters and editors, and to refocus the newspaper toward more investigative and analytical pieces. When emergency rule was imposed on Nepal to combat increasing Maoist violence, press freedoms were limited and Pradhan left the Post. Pradhan worked as freelancer for CNN and the South Asia bureau of the New York Times. In 2003, he and colleague helped launch Nation Weekly, a news magazine where he wrote a column on current affairs. They suspended publication in February 2005 after the King dissolved the government and imposed tough censorship laws. Pradhan hopes to revive the magazine after he returns to Nepal.

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