Basu, author and award-winning journalist, is the Michael and Linda Connelly Lecturer for Narrative Nonfiction in the College of Journalism and Communications.
Moni Basu began her career as a journalist in Tallahassee and has been reporting and editing for 37 years. She’s worked for CNN and major newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and has reported on presidential elections, the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes, earthquakes and war.
She covered the Iraq War since its inception in 2003 and on several trips was embedded with the U.S. Army. Her resulting e-book, Chaplain Turner’s War (2012, Agate Publishing), grew from a series of stories on an Army chaplain there. A platoon sergeant gave her the affectionate nickname “Evil Reporter Chick,” and it stuck. You can follow that moniker on Instagram.
She claims she’s no superhero but she was featured once as a war reporter in Marvel Comics’ “Civil War” series.
Prof B, as she is known by her students, began teaching advanced reporting and writing classes at UF in 2018 and quickly distinguished herself by being named Teacher of the Year. She’s also a freelance writer, and she teaches in an MFA program in narrative media at the University of Georgia.
Basu was born in Kolkata, India, and has been shaped by a life spent straddling two cultures.
She recently took time to answer 20 questions for Gator Nation News:
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