D.N. Singh is a veteran journalist of Odisha with more than three decades’ experience. After his post-graduation in Political Science from Delhi University and a course in mass communication from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, he joined the The Times of India as a trainee. He later worked for the Illustrated Weekly, The Independent – both from Times of India Group – and had the opportunity of reporting to editors like Anil Dharkar and Vinod Mehta. Afterwards, his longest stint of 18 years was with Zee Network as its Odisha bureau chief. His last outing was as the founding editor in chief of Focus Odisha television channel. In between regular jobs, he has also been a freelancer writing for top English newspapers of the country.
An editor, translator, journalist, scholar, art critic, human rights worker and cultural activist, Kedar Mishra has published several books in English and Odia and his works have been widely translated into German, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam, Nepali and Irish. He has mostly worked as an independent journalist and is known for his in-depth analyses and columns. As a renowned art critic and art historian, he writes reviews and reports on Indian classical dance and music events.
Priya Ranjan Sahu has been a journalist for over 25 years working with the Sun magazine, Amrit Bazar Patrika and Hindustan Times. He has extensively written about issues of Odisha concerning politics, human interest, environment, industrialisation and displacement, nutrition, and Maoist activities. His focus, however, has been on development reporting. He has done several exclusive stories on irregularities in mid-day meal scheme and public distribution system, and struggles of farmers and tribals against proposed steel a plant and bauxite mining. His series on hunger deaths in Balangir drew national attention and contributed to policy changes relating to poverty alleviation.
Sanjib Kumar Mukherjee is a veteran press photographer with over 40 years’ experience. In his long inning as a lens man, Mukherjee has worked for several prominent state, regional and national media outlets like the large circulated Odia daily Sambad and Telugu daily Eenadu, English dailies Sun Times, The Telegraph, and national news magazines like India Today and Outlook as a staffer and freelancer. He has also contributed photographs to reputed international news agencies like AFP and Reuters, and also to BBC’s online news portal.
One of the most outstanding writers of fiction in Odia, Jyoti Nanda has published half a dozen books and been associated with many publication units as an editor and contributor. He is also a known columnist. An academician by profession, Nanda has worked as in different colleges in Odisha and retired from service as a principal of a college. He was also a member of different committees on education formed by the Odisha government.