Rajneesh Bhandari is the founder, chief editor, and CEO of NIMJN. He oversees the "Safety and Fact-checking Training" and collaborative investigative multimedia reporting projects. Prior to this, he was the executive director, program director, and investigations editor at the Media Foundation. He led the “Strengthening the capacity of Nepali Journalists in Investigative Reporting” (SCNJIR) program that trains 60 journalists on investigative multimedia reporting in Nepal. He also edited their work.
Rajneesh is an independent multimedia journalist, investigative reporter, filmmaker, and educator currently based in Kathmandu and South Asia. His multimedia work on different issues have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Aljazeera, AJ+, BBC Reel, Contrast VR, NPR, and other outlets. He has worked as the Multimedia Editor for European Journalism Center-supported news website and data/multimedia editor for the Journalists for Transparency’s investigative reporting website J4T.org. His best-known investigative story that was aired on Kantipur Television Network showed how some of the lawmakers were misusing their diplomatic passports. He studied investigative reporting, data journalism and documentary filmmaking at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and graduated in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University and has earned a Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism and Political Science from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He has trained journalists on multimedia and investigative reporting.