is a disability reporting fellow, covering accessibility issues affecting Texans. Through a partnership with the National Center on Disability and Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and The New York Times, Neelam will spend the 2023-24 fellowship term based in Austin. She has previously reported on labor policy for Politico, national culture for CNN Digital, and covered abortion, COVID-19 and the 2021 winter storm as a past fellow for The Texas Tribune. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and a native of McKinney, Texas, Neelam spent the last year reporting on disability and general breaking news for the Times’ National Desk.
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