LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize, American journalism’s top honor, for its coverage of last year’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Columbia University announced April 18. The staff won the 2016 breaking news prize for its work chronicling the chaotic, fast-breaking events of Dec. 2,
Before joining the LA Times, Kalita was the creative force behind the business news site Quartz, known for its lively mix of news and analysis. At the Wall Street Journal, she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. In 2007, she was part of the team that created Mint, a business newspaper and website in India launched in collaboration with the Journal that has become that country’s second-largest circulated business newspaper. Before that, she worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey — with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She has studied seven languages - English, Assamese, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali, Mandarin, French-but only speaks the first five with some fluency. Mitra attended Rutgers University, with a major in history and journalism and a minor in Spanish. She received her master’s from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she has also taught. Married to artist Nitin Mukul, they have two children, Naya and Riya.