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SJSU Computer Science Department Convocation Speech 2015



Receiving the 2012 New America Media First Place Award for Hyperlocal Feature Reporting on the Foreclosure crisis.
The Thank you speech


Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist, essayist and author. She has a bi-weekly column (on immigrant issues) in The San Francisco Examiner called "In Brown Type." Jaya was the editor of India Currents from 2012 to 2016. She is the author of a collection of short stories published in 2014 called "Transactions of Belonging."

Awards and Grants

2021: One of the top nine winners of the Chapter One Prize for the first chapter of my debut novel, The Eleventh Letter.

2020: Second Place - For Aging Immigrants, Food from their Homeland is Key to Happiness, thebolditalic.com

2020: Third Place - In brown type, San Francisco Examiner

2020: Second Place - Tiger Woods, Stephen Curry, Erik Kratz and the Demography of Sports, San Francisco Examiner

2019: First Place - 42nd Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards "Am I an unequal citizen of America?," San Francisco Examiner (Newspapers-Daily, Blog/Commentary)

2019: Second Place - 42nd Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards "In brown type," San Francisco Examiner (Newspapers-Daily, Columns-Features)

2019: First Place - 42nd Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards "Questions of Identity," India Currents (Digital Media, Columns-Features)

2019: First Place - 42nd Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards "What does our society need?," India Currents (Digital Media, Blog/Commentary)

2019: Second Place - 42nd Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards "Vinod Khosla's Illiberal Views on Education," India Currents (Digital Media, Blog/Commentary)

2018: First Place - San Francisco Press Club Awards "Now and Then column: Memories, Immigration and Assimilation," India Currents (Digital Media, Columns-Features)

2018: Second Place - San Francisco Press Club Awards "Dare to Speak Up?" India Currents (Digital Media, Columns-Features)

2018: Third Place - San Francisco Press Club Awards "In Brown Type column: The politics of immigration and race," San Francisco Examiner (Newspapers-Daily, Columns-News/Political)

2017: San Francisco Press Club - Overall Excellence Award: Third Place

2017: San Francisco Press Club - Digital Media Columns Award: Third Place

2016: Greater Bay Area Journalism - First place for Editorials from the San Francisco Peninsula Club Awards

2016: Greater Bay Area Journalism - First place for Editorial Leadership from the San Francisco Peninsula Club Awards

2015: The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 38th Greater Bay Area Journalism Award for Overall Excellence: First Place: India Currents Magazine, Jaya Padmanabhan and Vandana Kumar

2015: The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 38th Greater Bay Area Journalism Award for Editorials: First Place: India Currents Magazine, Jaya Padmanabhan for the editorials "Who Am I," "How Jay-Z Trumped Modi," and "Passion and Paranoia."

2015: CAMAC Artists' Residency - France

2015: Laugarvatn Artists' Residency - Iceland

2014: 37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards - Overall Excellence Second Place: India Currents Magazine, " Vandana Kumar, Jaya Padmanabhan. The magazine was described as being a comprehensive publication with a compilation of interesting topics, unique angles, excellent writers and fearless leadership

2014: 37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards First Place: India Currents, "Sandberged and Prototyped,"Jaya Padmanabhan

2012: New America Media First Place Award for Hyperlocal Feature Reporting on the Foreclosure Crisis

2011: Writers' Village Award for short story, His Curls

2011: Katha Award for short story, Mustard Seeds

2010: Ethnic Media Journalism Fellowship Grant from New America Media on Health and Environmental Health

2010: Katha Award for short story, Mango Tree

2009: Lorian Hemingway Award for short story, His Curls

2008: Katha Award for short story, Neyyappams

2003: Gold Award from League of American Communications Professionals, Tackling Everest

2003: Omni Intermedia Award, Tackling Everest

2002: League of American Communications Professionals, CRY


A Perspectives Special: The Bay Area Remembers 9/11 - KQED
September 8, 2011 -- 6:30 PM
While it's fair to say a redeeming virtue of America is a willingness to overcome, the aftermath of 9/11 is evidence we always will have more to overcome. Fear is a persistent monster, according to Jaya Padmanabhan, a Bay Area Indian American writer.


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