Deepa Bharath is a member of the global religion team at The Associated Press, where she has worked for over a year. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter with more than twenty years of experience working for publications in Southern California. Before joining The Associated Press she was a staff writer for the Orange County Register with the Southern California News Group for over fifteen years and reported for the Daily Breeze before that. She was a Center for Health Journalism 2016 California Fellow and reported a Fellowship project on barriers to mental health care for various ethnic groups. She also received fellowships from the International Women's Media Foundation and the International Center for Journalists to report stories about reconciliation, counter-extremism and peace-building efforts around the world. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Stella Maris College, a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Madras and a master’s in newspaper reporting from Syracuse University.