Geeta Anand was appointed interim dean of Berkeley Journalism, beginning July 1, 2020.
She is Professor of Reporting at the School and oversees the editorial projects at the IRP. She has been a journalist for 29 years, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she began her career at newspapers in New England where she covered courts, crime and local government. She went on to report on politics at The Boston Globe and then joined The Wall Street Journal, where she developed a specialty in investigative work and health care. She was part of a team of reporters that won the 2003 Pulitzer in explanatory journalism for a series on the impact of corporate scandals in America. She also turned one of her stories from the biotech beat into a 2006 book, The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million–And Bucked the Medical Establishment–In a Quest to Save His Children, which was made into the CBS movie “Extraordinary Measures,” starring Harrison Ford.
Before coming to Berkeley, she spent 10 years, most recently with The New York Times, as a foreign correspondent in India, where she was born. Her work on how hidden decision-makers make life-and-death choices about who gets health care in America was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004, and her series on drug prices and how lawmakers created legal monopolies that allowed prices to soar won a 2006 Gerald Loeb award, the most prestigious prize in business reporting. In 2007, the National Council for the Advancement of Science Writing awarded her the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. In 2013, her series on how tuberculosis became drug-resistant in India won first place in cross-border investigative reporting from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.