My name is Sapna Maheshwari. It's pronounced like "whatsup-na." I'm a business reporter at The New York Times, covering the world of advertising.
Previously, I was a senior business reporter at BuzzFeed News, and before that, I worked at Bloomberg News and contributed to Businessweek. I primarily covered major retailers and e-commerce between 2012 and mid-2016 after covering corporate credit, stocks and insurance companies.
I won a Front Page Award in 2015 from the Newswomen's Club of New York for a feature on the abusive practice of on-call scheduling at America's biggest retailers. The story focused on Victoria's Secret, which eliminated the policy a few weeks later. Subsequently, I won a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for a story I wrote about the dark past of Silicon Valley startup JustFab. That was in the digital investigations category.
I'm a big fan of comedy and humor writing. My best friend and I created the viral Onionlike Tumblr, which is now just shy of 350,000 followers. I (somehow) landed on Time's 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014 and have won the Punderdome 3000, New York's premier pun competition.
Both my parents are from India. I was born in Mystic, Conn. and raised a few towns over in East Lyme, Conn. I went to UNC dreaming of a career in journalism, and left with a deep love for business reporting, Chapel Hill and Tar Heel basketball.