Sandhya Ravishankar, a journalist based in Chennai, is the editor of The Lede, her own independent digital journalistic start-up and an unbiased, non-partisan platform. The Lede focuses on stories in the five South Indian states and has recently participated in a global collaboration called The Green Blood series, an investigative project that looked at environmental journalists at risk across the world. Sandhya won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award in January 2018 under the Environment Category for her series of exposés on illegal beach sand mining in Tamil Nadu. Sandhya has worked as a news reporter and producer for ten years with national television news platforms such as CNN News18, Times Now, CNBC-TV18, ET Now and Puthiya Thalaimurai (Tamil) and others. As a freelancer, she has written for The Guardian, Al Jazeera Online as well as the Wire, FirstPost, The Economic Times, Hindustan Times and others.