Dipka Bhambhani Resume


Dipka Bhambhani
202-321-3337
dipka@hotmail.com

 

You Tube channel: energyjournalist1

Experienced journalist with more than 15 years of reporting and editing experience; 10 years of Washington, DC reporting experience covering security technology and global electricity, nuclear, alternative energy and oil domainsPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 

Freelance Journalist

May 2010-present

Columnist/Blogger

Washington, DC

 

  • In May 2010 launched a new energy blog, Energy Check, at dipka.wordpress.com/Energy Check
  • Investigate, report, develop energy news and feature stories with original perspective
  • Energy columnist for The Daily Caller
  • Pitch and write stories for various media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Indo-American News, India West, India Review
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
 

April 2009 – Present

Linguist

Washington, DC

 

  • One of four Sindhi language experts graduated by the program
  • Contracted to US federal government to test the precise language proficiency of US military servicemen and other Department of Defense employees
  • Selected among linguists to test language proficiency for US Department of State

Clean Skies News

June 2009 – April 2010

On Air & Print Reporter

Washington, DC

  • Covered policies and leaders from the US departments of Energy and Interior, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Congress
  • Investigated and reported on potential news stories and larger global energy and environmental issues including deforestation and the Copenhagen Accord
  • Wrote and presented energy news and feature stories for 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. live news program and ABC Clean Skies Sunday on WJLA Channel 7
  • Produced content and news packages for daily and weekend ABC program.
  • Broke and reported stories for the Web site, CleanSkies.com

McGraw-Hill/Platts

September 2004-June 2009

Associate Editor/Reporter

Washington, DC

  • Authored multiple stories on the effects of energy policy on the US electricity industry and Federal/State policies governing the sector
  • Covered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Congress, and state and federal courts on cases involving US electricity
  • Broke the story on the demise of the American Transmission Company and the lack of independent market monitoring at the PJM Regional Transmission Organization
  • Developed and broke news in an investigative series on favoritism in power markets committed by a large Southeastern utility selling power at lower rates to affiliate generators
  • Promoted in 2007 to cover Department of Energy initiatives, the Secretary of Energy, and international energy projects; broke stories such as DOE’s plan to privatize its proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, Iraq’s energy infrastructure reconstruction and US involvement with Russian institutes helping Iran’s nuclear program
  • Ongoing coverage of energy efficiency initiatives, alternative energy projects and technology

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Summer 2004

Communications Director

Washington, DC

  • Managed press communications, internal and external publications
  • Designed internal and external publications to include annual events calendar and manual.

The Washington Post Co. – PostNewsweek Tech Media

March 2001 – March 2003

Reporter

Washington, DC

  • Conducted due diligence and wrote reports on technology initiatives and policies sponsored by the White House, the Office of Management and Budget, and the US Congress for Government Computer News and The Washington Post’s technology publications
  • Analyzed and reported on new technology trends within federal, state, and local governments
  • Broke the story on biometrics in US airports, first reporter to visit the Biometrics Fusion Center
  • Covered the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; reported on the increasing use of technology for security of athletes and venue

The Washington Times

September 1999 – January 2001

Reporter

Washington, DC

  • Wrote and reported on business development in Washington, analyzed earnings reports and wrote development stories for StockWatch, a column in the daily business section
  • Interviewed entrepreneurs, analyzed area stocks, and wrote lengthy business features for the weekly business section, developed coverage of Hispanic-owned businesses
  • Oversaw clerical responsibilities for the business desk, Spanish translator for all newsroom desks

Bigdough.com

February 1999 – September 1999

Investment Researcher and Reporter

Washington, DC

  • Analyzed and reported capital markets data, interviewed money managers and wrote about their investment styles; maintained the money manager and investment institution database

The Associated Press

January 1997 – December 1998

Legislative and Supreme Court Intern

Columbia, S.C.

  • Covered South Carolina State Senate and House meetings, wrote briefs and stories, maintained agenda for the South Carolina General Assembly
  • Covered hearings, wrote briefs/stories and maintained agenda for the S.C. Supreme Court
  • Covered the 1998 South Carolina Gubernatorial Race

LANGUAGES:

  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Sindhi

COMPUTER SKILLS:

  • Social Media Specialist
  • Proficient in Microsoft and Apple operating systems, FORK Editing Suite, Essential News Production System (ENPS), and basic Adobe Photoshop.

HONORS/INVITATIONS:

  • Invited to be a media coordinator and press advisor for community service events launched by members of the White House Faith Based Council
  • Invited by the South Asian Journalists Association to speak to young journalists about overcoming challenges in Washington reporting
  • Invited by The National Journalism Center as Hatton W. Sumner Research Fellow to present a lecture on business reporting and the essentials of journalism, and moving from print to broadcast
  • Invited by US Sindhi Association and affiliates to speak about preservation of the Sindhi language
  • Invited to be member of Alden Theater as playwright for “Roxy’s Choice,” performed by Alden Theater actors at The National Press Club
  • Certified Toastmaster, Toastmasters International

AFFILIATIONS:

  • The National Press Club, Washington D.C. Board of Governors 2006-2009; Chairman of NPC Events Committee.
  • President’s Speakers Committee focused on hosting foreign Heads of State and other notables, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Mohammed Yunus, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lebanese General Michel Aoun, amongst others
  • South Asian Journalists Association, Member
  • Network of Indian Professionals, Member
  • Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Member

EDUCATION:

University of South Carolina, December 1998

Columbia, SC

B.A. Journalism


University of Santiago de Compostela, October 1994 – June 1995

Galicia, Spain

 

Certificate, Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

 


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Summer 2009
 

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts


 

 

Certificate, Carbon Capture and Sequestration

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE WRITING/PUBLICATIONS:

  • Bhambhani, Dipka. “Yogathon: Stretching bodies, stretching minds across America.” The Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2010.http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/
  • Bhambhani, Dipka. “Clinton, Obama say investing in clean energy would keep jobs in the US.” Platts, McGraw-Hill, 21 Apr. 2008: 5.
  • Bhambhani, Dipka. ” DOE plan depicts non-government waste program.” Platts, McGraw-Hill, 17 Mar. 2008: 1.
  • Bhambhani, Dipka. “Bodman: DOE not aiding Iranian nuclear program.” Platts, McGraw-Hill, 11 Feb. 2008: 1.
  • Bhambhani, Dipka. “Watching Alliant prepare wires sale to ITC, some ask why ATC was cut out of picture.” Platts, McGraw-Hill, 2 Apr. 2007: 1.
  • Bhambhani, Dipka. “FERC orders Southern to reshape affiliate relationship; turns its back on settlement.” Platts, McGraw-Hill, 9 Oct. 2006: 1.
  • Bhambhani, Dipka. “What’s wrong with these pictures: DOD center puts biometric devices and software to the test, and finds plenty of failures.” Government Computer News, TheWashington Post Company, 15 July 2002: 1.

 

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