Bio

aboutDeena Guzder is an independent journalist based in New York City who has reported on human rights issues across the world. Guzder is represented by the William Clark Associates literary agency and recently finished her nonfiction book, Divine Rebels (Chicago Review Press, 2011). She recently traveled with the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, His Eminence Shyalpa Rinpoche, across Nepal and Bhutan while ghostwriting his memoir, Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath (New World Library, 2012). Shortly afterwards, Guzder crisscrossed flood-ravaged Pakistan and co-reported the Red Cross Red Crescent magazine cover story on the value of local volunteers during humanitarian catastrophes. She also assisted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges with research for his nonfiction book, Death of the Liberal Class (Nation Books, 2010).

In May 2008, Guzder was the youngest student to complete a dual-degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and School of International & Public Affairs. She has received journalism grants from the Carnegie & Knight Foundations to report on theocracy and democracy in Iran; the Scripps Howard Foundation to report on low-caste “untouchables” in India; and, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report on commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Thailand.  Thanks to a second Pulitzer Center grant, Guzder recently traveled through Pakistan — from the southern tip of Karachi to the northern tip of Kohistan — and reported on the torrential monsoon floods that displaced 21 million people. Her articles have appeared in Time, National Geographic–Traveler, Washington Post, United Press International, Reuters, Indian Express, Mother Jones, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Global Post, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, and elsewhere.  Guzder has been interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR), NY 1 News, New York Magazine, CNN, Interfaith Voices, WPKN Radio (Bridgeport, CT.), WPKM (Montauk, NY.), WZBC (Boston, MA.), KPFA-FM (San Francisco, CA.), KBOO 90.7 FM Community Radio (Portland, OR.), The Drew Marshall Show (Toronto, Canada), and the 2008 documentary In Complete World.  She declined an interview request from Fox “News”.

Guzder is proud to serve on the board of the Blossom Hill Foundation, a nonprofit seeking to end the cycle of violence for children affected by war.  She also runs a separate fledgling nonprofit organization: Students Together in Tackling Child Hunger (S.T.I.T.C.H). The organization buys hand-embroidered, georgette shirts wholesale from local retailers in India, who uphold ethical labor practices, and sells them for quadruple the price. All of the profit goes to UNICEF so children, instead of corporations, benefit from inequality. The S.T.I.T.C.H project is in the process of gaining the IRS classification of 501(c)(3), a “charitable nonprofit.”  As an undergraduate, Guzder attended Oberlin College, Columbia University, and the University of Cape Town.  She tripled majored in Peace & Conflict Studies, Politics, and English with a concentration in Creative Writing.

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“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.”
- Ernesto Che Guevara

“If you’re outraged at conditions, then you can’t possibly be free or happy until you devote all your time to changing them and do nothing but that.”
- César Chávez

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”
- Noam Chomsky

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
- Albert Einstein

“Dear Yale University: Thank you for your offer of admissions; however, since you have an odious record of producing awful presidents, I regret I must decline. Tsk.”
- Lotsa love, Deena Guzder

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