Dina Vakil (1946– )
School of Journalism 1970
Dina Vakil grew up in Bombay (now Mumbai) and came to the United States in the late fifties (a time when it was very uncommon for Indian girls to leave home, let alone cross the Atlantic by themselves). Dina attended Mount Holyoke College and stayed in Massachusetts to work for a local newspaper before attending Columbia School of Journalism. After graduating, Dina worked for the UNDP before returning to India. In Bombay, Dina held jobs at several publishing establishments before landing one at the Times of India. She is now the first woman in the history of the newspaper to hold the position of resident editor (of the Bombay edition). The Times of India is the most widely circulated newspaper (partly due to the country's population of over one billion).
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