BIO



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Dharma Adhikari, PhD
Dharma Nanda Adhikari has been in the media and communication fields since the 1980s. He has worked as a reporter, writer, editor, columnist, and an educator. He is the author of A Compassionate Journalist (2010), a biography of Bharat Dutta Koirala, the winner of the 2002 Magsaysay award in journalism and creative communication arts. Dharma's writings have been published in a wide variety of outlets from Nepal as well as from the West. During much of the 2010s, he wrote a regular media criticism column for Republica, published out of Kathmandu.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, Shantou University, China. Previously, he served as an assistant professor of journalism at Georgia Southern University, USA (2004-07), and as an instructor at the Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia (2000-2004). He has also held visiting positions at Pokhara University and Kathmandu University. His research interests focus on the craft of journalism and its public functions.

Dharma has been a Fulbright scholar at University of Missouri-Columbia (1998-2000), and an Exchange Fellow (1996) at the Washington D.C.-based International Center for Journalists. He has an MA in English from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and an MA and a PhD in journalism from University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the first Nepali to obtain a doctoral degree in journalism from a university in the West.

Dharma is a founding member of the Kathmandu-based Media Foundation, which works in the area of media education and research. He maintains a keen interest in the emerging forms of media and has been the director and organizer of the innovative Media Gufa, an experiential multimedia journalism challenge for working professionals. He is among the early online journalists. In 1999, he started newslookmag.com (later renamed nepalmonitor.com), one of the first full-fledged online news sites on Nepal. The site ran for more than 13 years.