SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009: JUDGES
Aseem Chhabra – Freelance Writer & SAJA Board Member
Aseem Chhabra is a freelance writer in New York City who writes on a variety of topics, including arts, entertainment, social and political issues stories. Aseem has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Courier-Journal, Time Out, New York. He writes a weekly Sunday New York column for Mumbai Mirror – a Mumbai based daily newspaper and also contributes regularly to two Indian-American outlets -- India Abroad and Rediff.com, the leading news portal that originates from Mumbai. His by-lines have also appeared in India in The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, India Today and the Indian edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. He has covered the South Asian community in North America from the mid-1980s, from the Khalistan movement in India and its impact in the Sikh community in the US, to the hate crimes following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Aseem is currently serving his third term as an elected member of the board of the South Asian Journalists Association, a North America based organization that fosters accurate reporting of South Asian news. Aseem is the New York Chapter coordinator of SAJA, where he often chairs panel discussions on social and political issues, hosts book reading events and other arts discussions. He has been involved in SAJA’s fundraising campaigns and mentoring young journalism students from South Asia.
Aseem has also worked in the publishing industry in the US, managing the businesses and finances of magazines at several leading companies including Reader’s Digest, American Express, Conde Nast, American Media Inc., and Rodale Press.
He holds an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University and an MBA from Boston University.