Rana Ayyub is a prominent Indian investigative journalist and a political writer and an important voice from South Asia. She has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with some of the most important media publications in India and internationally. Her pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Guardian and Foreign Policy among other publications. She was an editor with Tehelka, which was India's topmost investigative magazine. She has also reported on the anti-Muslim pogrom of Gujarat, a province in India in 2002, extra judicial killings by the state, insurgency and authored an international bestseller entitled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up, an undercover investigation which exposes the complicity of two strongmen in India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. In a career spanning twelve years Rana has been awarded the Sanskriti award for integrity and excellence in journalism from the President of India. She was the recipient of the 2017 Global Shining Light award for Investigative journalism and the Most Resilient Global Journalist of 2018. She lives in Mumbai.
Rana has been the recent target of online hate campaigns. For details, see her 22 May 2018 New York Times opinion column entitled In India, Journalists Face Slut-Shaming and Rape Threats.