Charu specializes in grassroots and mass media and communications for non-profits, and has nearly 10 years of experience as a journalist in local communities. Previously, Charu was based in Washington, D.C., where she did messaging and branding and developed media and advocacy campaigns. Charu also served as the Director of Communications for Ohio’s largest foreclosure prevention and community organizing non-profit, Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People. She created and managed communications strategies, including social media and multi-media ventures. Her writing for clients, including Op-Eds, has appeared in major daily newspapers, and she has drafted legislative testimony at the state and federal level.
Charu has worked as a journalist in New York, Alabama, Pennsylvania and, most recently, Cleveland, Ohio. Her reporting on Cleveland's entrenched and growing predatory lending and foreclosure problems predated most local and national coverage of the subprime issue. Her work provided the basis for reports by international news outlets, including Australia's investigative TV show "Four Corners," and the Danish Broadcasting Corp., Denmark's largest broadcast news outlet. Charu has won numerous awards for her journalism. In 2009 alone, three pieces of investigative reporting by Charu (on the foreclosure crisis, county criminal justice system, and economic development) were awarded first place by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.
Charu has a Master’s degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. You can read some of Charu's award-winning writing at www.charugupta.org.