Talal Ansari

Talal Ansari is an experienced print journalist currently studying investigative reporting and long-form writing at UC Berkeley. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations; his thesis focusing on conflict and state-failure in South Asia. He has written for The Indian Express and the Los Angeles Daily News, with extensive experience in the nonprofit development sector before fully committing to a life in journalism.

In the summer of 2013, he was a Production Intern with 'America Tonight,' Al Jazeera America's flagship show. Later, he took a position as an Assistant Editor with the Investigative Reporting Program, working on a new FRONTLINE documentary. In May, Talal completed his Master's degree in Journalism in investigative reporting, long-form writing and television production at UC Berkeley.


University of California Berkeley
August 2012 - May 2014
Columbia University
January 2007 - May 2010
Majored in Political Science and International Relations with a concentration in Human Rights

Published Stories:

Dangerous Intersections
Mission Local
A data driven story that uses infographics and traditional reportage to highlight the most dangerous intersections in the Mission District in San Francisco.
Stories from Mission Local
Mission Local
A complete list of stories from Mission Local.
Producing Clean Energy
Los Angeles Daily News
In the Southern California desert, a Google-backed company envisions the future of renewable energy through sun towers that harness the energy of the sun.
Parents Hope to Find Match for Infant Daughter with Cancer
Los Angeles Daily News
The story of a 13-month-old’s fight against a rare form of cancer.
Stories from LA Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News
A complete list of all stories from the Los Angeles Daily News
A Dying Strain
The Indian Express
In the Kashmiri santoor, maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma found an instrument that created magic. But in Srinagar, the 300-year-old tradition is fading out. Ghulam Muhammad Zaz is shutting shop
A Sinking Shikara
The Indian Express
A beautiful fleet of gondolas struggle to stay afloat on the Dal, bobbing to a different rhythm from the times they hosted the rich and the famous

Work Experience:

Assistant Editor
Investigative Reporting Program (IRP)  - Berkeley CA  ( October 2013 - March 2014 )
- Assisting in FRONTLINE’s new documentary, "The Gods of Gambling," exploring federal investigations of gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson’s casino empire in Macau. Duties include familiarity in multi-platform investigative reporting skills including; research, video editing, script writing and editing. - AVID management skills – ingesting, script syncing and organizing multiple camera footage. - Media backup implementation and management.
Production Intern
Al Jazeera America  - Washington D.C. DC  ( May 2013 - August 2013 )
Worked on Al Jazeera America’s flagship show “America Tonight” in various production capacities. Duties included production, pitching, researching, fact checking, editing, compiling a futures calendar, and assisting on field shoots.
Mercy Corps  - Srinagar, India None  ( November 2011 - April 2012 )
Trained 250 Kashmiri youth in negotiation, adaptive leadership, and conflict resolution, in conjunction with CM Partners and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Worked with the local government and civil society in Kashmir on Negotiation and Governance training.
Los Angeles Daily News  - Los Angeles CA  ( June 2009 - September 2009 )
Reported from the Metro Desk with 24 published articles covering breaking news, green technology, entertainment and local politics.
The Indian Express  - Srinagar, India None  ( May 2008 - September 2008 )
Wrote 22 articles, including two Sunday edition features, in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Kashmir Earthquake Relief (KER)  - Los Angeles, CA, USA/Srinagar, Kashmir, India None  ( October 2005 - January 2008 )
Co-Leader of the relief expedition in the winter of 2005-2006. Played an integral role in the procurement and delivery of 2 ½ tons of relief material in coordination with The North Face, Nestle and UPS to 22 remote villages and orphanages.