Shashwat Gupta Ray, Resident Editor Gomantak Times, Goa
Shashwat Gupta Ray is a multiple award winning Defence Journalist, and is the resident editor of the Goa-based English daily Gomantak Times. He has over twenty years of experience under his belt and it was under his leadership that Gomantak Times won five excellence in journalism awards from the Goa state government: Three awards from Chief Electoral Officer Goa for promoting ethical voting in run-up to Goa Assembly polls in Feb 2017.
Three excellence in journalism awards from Goa govt for excellence in health and Art and Culture reporting in 2017 and regards Best Editor for National integration and communal harmony in 2018. Issues concerning the marginalized community – tribal, physically and mentally challenged persons along with communal harmony were given prominence
Prior to his profile in GT, he was Assistant Editor at Sakaal Times, Pune where he won the Excellence in English Journalism Award from Maharashtra Govt in 2015 for Science journalism. He was given the Excellence in Defence journalism award in 2013-14 and had extensively covered 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. During his time in Press Trust of India (Mumbai), he was given Best Corporate Story award in 2005 for a story on the Shipping sector, covering the outbreak of the Bird Flu in Maharashtra.
During his time in Tehelka (Mumbai) he reported on the Naxalite movement in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and was the first journalist to expose Hindutva terror presence in North Maharashtra while investigating Malegaon blast and Nanded bomb blast cases. A book Godse's Children: Hindutva Terror in India published by Pharos Media, has devoted one complete chapter to his story on Nanded blast investigation. He is an alumnus of Symbiosis College, Pune and MS University Vadodara