About Kamala @kkelkar
Kamala Kelkar works on investigative projects at PBS NewsHour Weekend. She has been a journalist for nearly a decade, reporting from Oakland, India, Alaska and now New York.
Kamala’s Recent Stories
World Jul 15Mobs are killing people in India based on false rumors spread through WhatsApp
More than a dozen people in India have died since May because mobs are believing viral messages from WhatsApp that accuse people of child trafficking, organ harvesting or other egregious acts.
Nation May 13Inside the ‘free speech’ debate that rocked a Wisconsin campus, with ripples across the country
Clashes on college campuses, spurred by extremist speakers, have compelled legislators in more than a dozen states to introduce bills to punish hecklers.
Health Apr 28Residents of this city already worried about the coal-burning plant nearby. Then came Hurricane Maria.
Residents say they inhale or ingest traces of coal ash as wind carries it into their communities, covering their trees, houses, cars and land with residue.
Nation Apr 15Starbucks CEO apologizes to black men who were arrested as boycott looms
A lengthy apology from Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson on Saturday night to two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia store last week for alleged trespassing is getting push back for not holding the employee who called 911 more…
Nation Mar 24‘What it comes down to is life or death’ — Students shout for a revolution at March for Our Lives
Emma González, a leader of the March for Our Lives, held silence on stage for most of 6 minutes and 20 seconds, the amount of time it took a shooter to kill her classmates.
Nation Mar 18Parkland, race and the gun violence that goes overlooked
Black communities are reckoning with how to embrace the March for Our Lives while also addressing truths about their safety, perceptions of black lives and death.
Nation Feb 17At Fort Lauderdale rally against gun violence, impassioned calls for change and anger at politicians
A loud, angry and clear call for change came from Fort Lauderdale on Saturday as survivors of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, along with local leaders and community members, spoke to a rally of several hundred people.
Nation Feb 11New York attorney general sues Harvey Weinstein and his company
New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued ousted movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company on Sunday for more than 10 years of sexually harassing women in the entertainment industry and demanding sex in exchange for employment.
Nation Jan 21The racial history of the Electoral College — and why efforts to change it have stalled
As conversations emerge about the history of slavery and the Electoral College, Republicans are losing interest in revisiting the system.
Nation Dec 31Ten American tourists, two pilots die in Costa Rica plane crash
Two local pilots and 10 American tourists were killed in Costa Rica on Sunday when a charter plane crashed into a mountain, according to the government officials.