Shashank Bengali

Writer

Shashank Bengali is the Los Angeles Times’ South Asia correspondent, covering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and surrounding countries. Previously he was a national security reporter based in Washington, D.C. He came to The Times in 2012 from McClatchy Newspapers, where he served as bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya; correspondent in Cairo and Baghdad; and national security editor in Washington. Over the past decade, he has reported from more than 40 countries and introduced readers to Somali pirates, Afghan warlords, Chinese race-car drivers, Nigerian film stars, Arab revolutionaries and other larger-than-life characters. He’s also written from overseas for Playboy magazine. Originally from Cerritos, he studied journalism at USC and earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University.

Recent Articles

  • Indonesia's new president sworn in, calls for unity
    Indonesia's new president sworn in, calls for unity

    After a bruising election campaign, former businessman Joko Widodo was sworn in Monday as president of Indonesia, becoming the first man from outside the country’s political and military elite to lead the world’s 10th-largest economy.

  • State elections in India give boost to Modi
    State elections in India give boost to Modi

    India’s governing Hindu nationalist party was declared the winner Sunday in two state assembly elections, giving a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reform agenda.

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