Shashank Bengali is South Asia correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, covering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and surrounding countries. He lives in Mumbai.
A foreign correspondent and editor for the past decade, he has reported from more than 40 countries including Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Libya, the Palestinian territories, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
He previously worked for McClatchy Newspapers, serving as bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya; Middle East correspondent in Baghdad and Cairo; and national security editor in Washington. He shared in a McClatchy President's Award for coverage of the Arab Spring and was a finalist for the Livingston Award in international reporting for a series on population growth in Africa.
He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2012 as a national security reporter in Washington. He began his career as a reporter at The Kansas City Star and has also written from overseas for Playboy and Monocle magazines.
Originally from the Los Angeles area, Shashank earned degrees from the University of Southern California and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He speaks French and conversational Gujarati, has forgotten most of his Kiswahili and now is attempting to learn Hindi.
Read his former blog, Somewhere in Africa.