Anuradha K. Herath
Student, Graduate School of Journalism

Anuradha K. Herath participated in the World Leaders Forum discussion, Leadership in the 21st Century with CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux '91JRN, in March 2009.

Anuradha K. Herath is completing her MA at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For the past ten years, Anuradha has worked as a journalist in broadcast, print and online media in her native Sri Lanka and in the United States.

Prior to attending Columbia University, Anuradha was a communications fellow for the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project of Search for Common Ground-USA in Washington, D.C.

In Sri Lanka, Anuradha began her journalism career in print media and then moved on to radio and television. In 2001 she was asked to work for the President's Office to report and conduct research for the Policy Information Unit. In 2002 she accepted a post anchoring the evening news at a national television station in Sri Lanka. She has reported extensively on the ethnic conflict in her country, and her work on Sri Lanka's war-affected children has been featured on CNN International's World Report program. In 2007 Anuradha was awarded the CNN-SAJA Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism.

After the 2004 Asian tsunami, Anuradha, who was in Louisiana, initiated and coordinated a fund-raising effort in collaboration with the local CBS affiliate to raise money for tsunami survivors. She co-hosted a live prime-time telethon, which raised more than $55,000 for survivors in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.

In December Anuradha received grants from the Graduate School of Journalism and the Earth Institute to report on the environmental conflict in the Israeli-Palestinian region. In addition to her research on the water crisis, Anuradha also provided reporting to Sri Lankan television from the Gaza border and the West Bank, and she hosted a half-hour show on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Anuradha earned her MS in communication and BSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Participated In

Leadership in the 21st Century: CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux '91JRN Speaks with Columbia Student Leaders

Date: March 5, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Teatro, The Italian Academy
Description: Suzanne Malveaux, CNN White House correspondent, will join Columbia students for a discussion on leadership moderated by President Lee C. Bollinger.