My name is Vignesh Ramachandran.

(“vig-naysh”) (“raw-mah-chun-dren”)

I am a journalist and co-founder of Red, White and Brown Media (on Substack and Medium), focused on building media representation and sharing South Asian American stories. I’ve recently been published in The Washington Post, Kaiser Health News, NBC Asian America, San Francisco Chronicle, The Colorado Sun, Colorado Public Radio (NPR station), OpenNews Source, Fortune and 5280 Magazine. I am also a deputy news editor for PBS NewsHour’s digital platforms and a social producer for FiveThirtyEight. During the summer, I was a weekend editor for Vox and an audience engagement editor for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism/Nieman Reports/Nieman Storyboard at Harvard.

In 2020, I helped build editorial strategy as the senior editor at The Juggernaut, a subscription-based South Asian diaspora news startup. Before that, I was a story producer at ProPublica, managing editor of Stanford’s in-house news startup Peninsula Press (partnered with SFGate and KQED in San Francisco), a founding member of the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab, and reported at Mashable and NBC News Digital.

I previously contributed toward the Stanford Open Policing Project, an interdisciplinary effort to help researchers, journalists and policymakers investigate traffic stops and improve interactions between police and the public.

In 2018, I was selected as an Online News Association MJ Bear Fellow — one of three “journalists expanding the boundaries of digital news.”

I have my master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University, where I explored digital media entrepreneurship, visual storytelling, design thinking projects and data journalism. Born and brought up in Colorado, I completed my bachelor’s degree in broadcast news journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I currently serve as a Professional Journalism Advisory Board Member.

I am currently based in Denver. I love dogs, including my puppy Laddoo.

Vignesh Ramachandran Bio Photo

    Newsroom experience at:

    ProPublicaPBS NewsHourNBC News DigitalStanford UniversityPeninsula PressFiveThirtyEightMashableNieman Foundation for Journalism at HarvardVox

Work Examples

Below are select clips on:

Race, Culture and Politics

Local + National News

Journalism Ecosystem/News Industry


Video Production and Editing

In The News

Well, this is meta. Sometimes, I get interviewed about stuff by other journalists:

Speaking gigs: