Sampad Patnaik is a journalist and academic. He writes on politics, history, and culture. Currently a freelance journalist and columnist, he has worked in organizations, such as The Indian Express and Reuters. He has authored pieces in The Wire, Down to Earth, Open, Scroll, Khaleej Times, and Diplomat. Sampad also contributes to the margASIA journal of Culture published by the Centre for Asian Studies, Bhubaneswar.
In his nearly three-year-long stint as Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, Sampad has published more than 300 stories with the paper and provided in-depth coverage on general elections to Odisha’s 21 Lok Sabha seats and state legislative assembly. Other focus areas included political parties, agriculture, tribal affairs, and the environment.
As a business journalist with the Bangalore Bureau of Reuters, Sampad reported on mergers, acquisitions, quarterly reports, stake sales, bankruptcies, and corporate governance on companies listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and Nasdaq.
Sampad is a panelist and moderator with Tata Lit Fest (Bhubaneswar). He has interviewed authors Amitav Ghosh, Ruskin Bond, Bachi Karkaria, Tony Joseph, and Chandrahaas Chowdhury. He recently conducted other interviews, for various platforms, with former Odisha CM Giridhar Gamang, Padma Bhushan Rajeev Sethi, author Manoranjan Byapari, and Indian Met Dept Director General Mrutyunjaya Mohapatra, among others.
Sampad was the recipient of the Weidenfeld Walters scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship was established by Lord Weidenfeld of Weidenfeld and Nicolson Publishers and sponsored by the legendary American broadcast journalist Barbara Walters. He is a graduate of the Weidenfeld Leadership and Moral Philosophy Programme conducted by Sir Christopher Clark, presently Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge.
Sampad is the recipient of two Gold Medals, from Symbiosis International University and Ravenshaw University, for academic excellence.
Sampad has co-directed and produced “The Bitter Taste of Sugar”, a documentary on the plight of sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra, which was screened at the World Organic Food Festival (Germany) in 2013.
- Master of Philosophy (2016-17) University of Cambridge- Department of Politics and International Studies.
- Master of Science in Political Geography (2014-15) University of Oxford-Geography and Area Studies Department.
- Master of Mass Communication (2010-12)– Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. Specialized in Journalism- graduated as Gold Medallist.
- Bachelor of Arts (2007-10) Ravenshaw University, Odisha - English Literature- British and Commonwealth, graduated as Gold Medallist.
- The Wire- Unwelcoming Spaces: How the Architectural Vision for Bhubaneswar Has Blurred Over 75 Years
- Down to Earth Magazine- The Invisible Bhadralok
- Open Magazine- Lands without justice
- Open Magazine- Happily Ever After: A daughter’s chronicle of her parents’ interfaith marriage
- The Indian Express- Lost and found: A story of being marooned at sea for 58 days
- The Indian Express- Guarding the gates in Odisha: Naveen Patnaik, the CM
- The Indian Express- A new museum is an ode to all things Odia
- Scroll- Anti-colonialism is an old strategic tool of India – Shashi Tharoor merely repackaged it.
- The Wire- Trump's Rise Highlights the Decline of the 'Career Politician'
- Khaleej Times- Trump and racism are not Republican creations
- The Diplomat- Narendra Modi's Insurance Diplomacy