Who is Saniya?
part-time food enthusiast, full time news-junkie.
Also a chameleon. I was born in Mumbai, India but my family moved when I was six months old. I spent the next 18 years of my life in Bangkok, Thailand. Three years ago, I moved to New York to study broadcast and digital journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University.
You will most likely find me reading through the 983923 newsletters I am subscribed to, running Globalists, a student publication I co-founded at Syracuse University, developing Aboli Foundation, a non-profit I started with my little sister, and correcting people's pronunciations of my name (pronounced: San-ya Mo-rae).
I enjoy good books, traveling, artistic film, squealing over every dog I see, documentaries, visiting the beach, healthy smoothies and pesto, and a good run at the gym. I also love the smell of rain, authentic street food, good music, city skylines, spending time with my family, and playing with my 5-year-old beagle, Merlin Emrys (yes, we named him after the wizard).
I am passionate about the news and the social issues our world faces today, and pride myself on my dedication to educating the people around me as well as my commitment to every project I take on. My cultural heritage has greatly shaped the journalist I am. Because of my Indian roots, I am determined to report on issues in the region which have often been considered taboo and not important enough. I hope to do justice to the lives of people by sharing their stories.
What I’m up to
I’m currently in New York City, interning at CBS News in the Radio department. I’m also working on my first documentary!
2018 Wise-Marcus 50-Year Friendship Fund Scholar in Renée Crown University Honors Program: $5,000 grant to produce a documentary on an indigenous community in India
Louise Schiavoni Prize, S.I. Newhouse
High International Distinction Scholarship, Syracuse University (annual merit award)
‘Leadership’ Award for semester abroad in London