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Ankur Paliwal is an independent journalist, and founder and managing editor of -- a collaborative journalism and research venture focused on accurately covering LGBTQIA+ communities in India. queerbeat's mission is to positively transform public conversation about LGBTQIA+ people through creative storytelling in India. 

Ankur has thirteen years of journalism experience. Before starting queerbeat in late 2022, he primarily wrote deeply-reported longform stories about science, inequity and LGBTQIA+ communities. Ankur has reported from India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Germany and the United States for publications such as Nature, Scientific American, the Guardian and FiftyTwo. He has been awarded reporting grants by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Alfred Friendly Press Partners, GroundTruth Project, and Medicines Sans Frontiers, among others.


He has won multiple journalism awards including One World Media Award in 2023, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2022, South Asian Journalists Association Award in 2022, and World Health Assembly Award in 2016.

Ankur is also a consulting editor with CNN's As Equals project, editing a series on non-binary people in the global south. 


He has a master’s degree in Science Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. In 2021, he was a fellow at the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program at The City University of New York. 


Ankur lives in New Delhi with his dog, Terry. Also, he loves plants. 

Featured Stories

Selected Stories


Facebook provided spaces for Indian LGBTQIA persons, but now they're safe havens for the elite. RestofWorld


In a pristine forest, a multibillion-dollar mining giant razes trees – and homes – to dig more coal. The Guardian 

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Data show how privileged groups still dominate many of the country’s elite research institutes. Nature


My experience of growing up as a gay man in small-town India and coming out in New York City. Columbia Mag

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A rare disease is crippling bodies, lives and livelihoods. Scientists are determined to ease the pain. FiftyTwo


How lower caste scientists face discrimination and humiliation in India's top science institutes. Undark


Sexual fluidity is a challenge to both traditional and alternative sexual narratives. Nautilus


Ghana plans to release genetically modified seeds. Will they benefit the small farmers as intended? Undark

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The tragic story of a simple solution to one of the world’s most neglected diseases. Nautilus


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