Arijit (Ari) Douglas Sen is a freelance reporter for NBC News, currently studying at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School Journalism. He is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media and has written for Our Chatham, Lead Stories the Asheville Citizen-Times and the NBC News’ investigative unit.
As an intern at NBC, Sen co-authored a series of investigative stories about a senior State Department official who embellished her resume, which was followed by nearly every national news outlet, generated millions of web page views and ultimately led her to resign. He also pitched and reported a single byline story about UNC spying on student activists with surveillance technology and co-authored an investigative piece as part of NBC’s impeachment coverage.
In August, Sen rejoined NBC as a freelance contributor, and co-authored a piece on the massive scope of QAnon groups and pages on Facebook.
In the summer of 2017, Sen interned at the Asheville Citizen-Times, one of North Carolina’s largest newspapers. While at the Citizen-Times, Sen was given a full reporting role and was tasked with reporting new stories each and every day. In the ten weeks he spent at the Citizen-Times, Ari reported almost 70 stories, including coverage of local politics, crime and a long-term investigation into a high-profile manhunt and murder. In the same period, his stories were featured on the front page 16 times and garnered tens of thousands of web page views.
More recently Sen has reported on local government for Our Chatham, an audience-driven email newsletter for a part of rural North Carolina, and served as a staff-writer for Lead Stories, Facebook’s top fact-checker.
In addition to writing, Sen is also a competent visual storyteller. His photographs and videos have been appeared online in the New York Times, Asheville Citizen-Times and the Raleigh News and Observer and have been recognized in the J-School’s 37th Frame competition. In May, as part of the Horizon Interactive Award-winning 2019 Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, he shot and edited a short documentary on an opioid recovery organization in five days. In September, he published another short documentary about sugar dating on UNC’s campus for a start-up news organization, Tar Heel News Beat.
Sen hopes to pursue a career in journalism at a major national news outlet as a multi-platform investigative reporter, focusing on the intersection of politics, technology, national security and privacy. When not reporting stories, he enjoys watching Tar Heel basketball and listening to podcasts or audiobooks on short, slow runs.
UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media, B.A. Journalism '20
NBC News, D.C. Investigative Intern
Lead Stories, Staff Writer and Fact-Checker
Asheville Citizen-Times, Intern
Our Chatham, Reporter
UNC FactCheck, Reporter
The Daily Tar Heel, Staff Writer and Web Desk Assistant
AWARDS & HONORS
2016 N.C. High School Journalist of the Year
3rd Place News Photo, 2019 37th Frame Competition
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
NBC News, August 10, 2020— QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show, https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/qanon-groups-have-millions-members-facebook-documents-show-n1236317
NBC News, Nov. 12, 2019— Senior Trump official embellished résumé, had face on fake Time cover, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/senior-trump-official-embellished-resume-had-face-fake-time-cover-n1080356
NBC News, Dec. 21, 2019— UNC campus police used geofencing tech to monitor antiracism protestors, https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/unc-campus-police-used-geofencing-tech-monitor-antiracism-protestors-n1105746
NBC News, Oct. 18, 2019—Sondland backed effort to 'shake up' leadership at Ukraine's state energy company, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/sondland-backed-effort-shake-leadership-ukraine-s-state-energy-company-n1068711
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
REPORTING INTERESTSCoding, Data Journalism, Documentary, Investigative reporting, National Security, Photojournalism, Politics, Privacy, Technology