Sumi Aggarwal

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Sumi Aggarwal is The Intercept’s inaugural chief strategy officer and an investigative reporter and editor.

Until recently, she was the editor-in-chief at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. She joined CIR in May 2019 to lead the organization’s local and collaboration work and was promoted to editor in January 2021.

Prior to Reveal, she spent nearly a decade at CBS News’s “60 Minutes,” where she produced a wide variety of stories, including an investigation into a 50-year-old civil rights-related murder, a historical story about an Egyptian double agent, a profile of Tabasco, and a deep dive into new scientific findings on the effects of sugar.

She has also worked as a booking producer at the “Today” show and led executive communications for Google’s Search and Maps teams. Sumi was also an adjunct professor at the City College of New York, where she helped establish the broadcast journalism curriculum.

Sumi is the recipient of a number of journalism awards: the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, several News Emmys, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She has served as a judge for many prestigious journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Magazine Awards. She also serves on the boards of Type Media Center, Investigative Studios, and A Future for Every Child.

Sumi began her journalism career at her hometown newspaper and worked at TV stations on the West Coast. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.