Anu Sandhu Bhamra is a transnational journalist who worked as a field reporter in Canada and India for over a decade, across media platforms, before moving on to research in academia. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Journalism and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at The University of British Columbia (UBC). At UBC, she is presently teaching JRNL 400 – Feminism and Postcolonial Critique and Journalism in a Digital Age. The course looks at feminist , postcolonial, and settler colonial critiques related to professional norms and practices of journalists in North America. She is also the Teaching Assistant Coordinator at UBC School of JWAM.
Prior to this, she has taught JRNL 100- New Media and Society and also Global Journalism to international students, wherein she designed courses on theory and practice of journalism in today’s interconnected digital world. She has also taught students in the department of Asian Studies in the interdisciplinary framework of media, gender, migration, race, exile, and nation building. With an active field career behind her, Anu has worked as a producer with NBC, as a reporter with The Globe and Mail and The Vancouver Sun. Her independent documentary, on a team of medical students who ran a health care centre in the remote Indian Himalayas, which she produced, wrote, shot and narrated, was broadcast on CBC’s “Ordinary Canadians, Extraordinary Impact”.
She has worked as a co-producer on Dan Rather Reports and has also produced and voiced TV commercials, news, and public service announcements. She has been a daily news anchor and reporter with Channel M, now Omni BC, where she anchored a daily live news show. In India, Anu has worked with two of the nation’s most prestigious media houses, The Hindustan Times and the Indian Express, where she reported from the region, and across the border and wrote lifestyle-based columns.
Anu’s interests lie in global journalism, digital media spaces, and how these spaces shape gender, and cultural and racial identity. Her earlier work has examined how South Asian diasporic media report on domestic violence against women in their own community and how this reportage could help address the systemic patriarchal issue in the community.
Sandhu Bhamra, A. and Fontaine P. (2014). The South Asian-Canadian media’s resistance to gender and cultural stereotyping in: Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
At The University of British Columbia, Anu has won the President’s Academic Excellence Initiative Ph.D. Award, 2020, British Columbia Graduate Scholarship, 2019, and Graduate Student Initiative Entrance Scholarship, 2019 for her Ph.D. studies. During her active field days, she won the Global Television Broadcaster of the Future Award.
Anu runs her award-winning blog under her double last name, where she deconstructs identity through the intersectionality of being a journalist, an immigrant, a woman and a person of colour. Apart from being a media commentator, she has done media consultancy work as well. She has volunteered for United Way, World Partnership Walk, Vancouver Chinatown Festival, Canadian Women in Communications, Delta Hospital Foundation, SUCCESS Walk with the Dragon Festival, and Laurier Institution. She is fluent in three languages: English, Punjabi, and Hindi.