«Class of 2011

Jigar Mehta

Video journalist, affiliated with The New York Times, New York, N.Y.

Project: 18 Days in Egypt is an interactive documentary project to capture and preserve the millions of videos, photos, e-mails and tweets created by Egyptians during the historic 2011 uprising. A unique partnership between producers in Cairo and Silicon Valley, www.18daysinegypt.com offers a social media space for Egyptians to add context and engage an international audience. It will be accessible in Arabic and English.

Mehta was born in Suffern, N.Y. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a producer, editor and director of photography since 2000. In 2006, he joined the New York Times as a video journalist. Mehta also worked on the Emmy award winning film, “My Flesh and Blood” about a California woman and her 11 adopted special-needs children. And he was part of the team that produced “Wonders are Many,” about the making of a grand opera on the atomic bomb. Mehta has produced multimedia reports from Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Mauritania thanks to fellowships from Frontline World, the South Asian Journalist Association and the Human Rights Center at UC-Berkeley. He also is president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

Knight Talk: Jigar Mehta

Mehta discusses his interactive documentary project to capture and preserve the millions of videos, photos, e-mails and tweets created by Egyptians during the historic 2011 uprising.

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