Sheila Raghavendran


Samples of my best writing, design and multimedia work.


More of my audio storytelling work is available via SoundCloud here.

“Dreams Go On” — Chase Duncan’s drag queen personality is rooted in his family members — but most of them have no idea. (Audio Storytelling course at Indiana University)

“Left’s Not Right” — My mom first learned to write naturally left-handed, but that was taboo in India, where she grew up. Her parents made her switch right away. For this episode, “Taboo topics”, both my mom and grandmother talked to me about it. (American Student Radio)

“Researchers: Asian Mental Health Stigma Creates Barrier to Treatment” — I talked with researchers about the stigma against mental health conditions in Asian, particularly Chinese, cultures. (WFHB Bloomington Community Radio)

My piece “The Art of Bringing Death to Life” aired on Café Indiana, a program from WFIU, the Indiana University-based NPR affiliate.

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“We the People” — I hosted this show two days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration and featured stories about the uncertainty that a Somalian refugee, a medical clinic, a small business owner and student protests are facing in the transition to a new presidency. (American Student Radio)


Missed deadline: The delayed promise of newsroom diversity

In 1978, the American Society of News Editors challenged newsrooms to reach parity with the nation’s racial demographics — but its 17 years passed the deadline and that goal is far from complete. I worked on this story with a team of 4 through the Asian American Journalists Association’s VOICES college program.

The journalism career path has changed—here’s how to embrace the chaos

Wesley Center members talk about freedom during Juneteenth


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Inspired by Lady Gaga’s song “Perfect Illusion”. Depicting the contrast between society’s perception of icon perfection, and the tragic deaths of these six stars — (from left to right) Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince.


I created a package of 9 photographs and a written article about an Indiana University Auditorium manager’s pre-show preparation. The package is available at this link:


I produced a video on Indiana University’s chapter of Amnesty International event, Hoosier Voices Silenced Abroad, that brought awareness to the unjust detainment of two people, including an IU alum, in Saudi Arabia. The video is available at this link: