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Govindraj Ethiraj has been a financial journalist for over 25 years and now focussed on public interest journalism in his recent ventures that use data to tell stories.
Most recently, he founded BOOM ( www.boomlive.in ), an independent journalism initiative that fights misinformation & explains issues. He also founded the award-winning IndiaSpend ( indiaspend.org ) which writes and syndicates stories and FactChecker (factchecker.in) which tracks statements by people in public life.
BOOM and FactChecker were India’s first members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), affiliated with Poynter Institute. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Govindraj also sits on the global board of US-headquartered IFCN.
Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service. Earlier, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media), and before that with CNBC-TV18. He worked in print in The Economic Times and leading business magazines.
Govindraj was named a 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate in recognition for his leadership with BOOM, IndiaSpend, and FactChecker. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s India Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and winner of the 2014 BMW Responsible Leaders Awards.