2020 POST-GRAD REPORTING FELLOW
Sadia Rafiquddin is an investigative reporter and audio producer whose work focuses on health care fraud, refugee and immigration policy, and the mental health of vulnerable populations. Her journalism is grounded in insights gained from lived experience as a refugee from Pakistan and the subsequent challenges her family faced settling in Canada.
As a Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow, Sadia is covering the coronavirus pandemic in Florida. She is also documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Montreal’s refugee population as a GroundTruth Global Migration Reporting Fellow. Her radio documentary, Engaged at 14: “I was worried about science class. And now I am getting married?” for CBC’s The Doc Project was awarded two silver prizes at the New York Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs in 2018. Sadia received her Master’s degree in investigative journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Toni Stabile Fellow. She also holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney and an Hons. B.A. in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto.
Prior to journalism, Sadia spent a decade working at the intersection of global health and public policy. She researched HIV/AIDS in Namibia and Botswana, addressed food insecurity in low-income communities, and worked in Montreal’s health care sector. Her work was supported by the Action Canada Fellowship, Canada’s leading public policy fellowship and the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. She was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network with the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women award.