accomplished broadcast journalist in India, graduate student Anuneha
Mewawalla has worked as a reporter and anchor for leading television
news networks in Asia including Star News, owned by Rupert Murdoch's
News Corp. Covering beats in urban affairs, health, art and culture,
Mewawalla reported on South Asia's first successful ovarian transplant.
As host of "City60," an evening news program, she helped
galvanize the public support that enabled the life-saving brain surgery
of a 14-month-old boy. At SF State, she is studying how media affects
social change and teaching the Television and Social Change class
in the Broadcast and Electronic
Communication Arts Department.
Why did you choose to attend San Francisco State?
I was accepted to the master's in journalism at UC Berkeley and San
Francisco State, the master's in broadcasting. I actually visited
both schools. I loved the energy and the vibrancy and the fact that
San Francisco State is so open and inviting to international students.
... I had been working as a broadcast journalist and I really wanted
to understand the theoretical part of communication. … I had
no idea I would enjoy school so much, and I had no idea that it would
make me realize that the more you learn you realize how little you
know. I'm just fascinated by every day of coming here and learning
What was your first job?
I reported for Aaj Tak, which is rated the No. 1 news channel in South
Asia. … On my very first day at my job as a reporter, we went
out late in the night [to cover] … this group that was creating
a lot of fear across low-income neighborhoods. They were dressed
like "black monkeys," if you translate it into English. … The
thrill of it was almost like being a detective. … It was much
more than I could have anticipated for the first day of the job.
What are your passions?
I'm absolutely passionate about life, about living every moment, just
making the most of every moment. I'm very passionate about learning
from everything that I do, everything that I encounter, every person
Where on campus, outside of class, are you most likely to be found?
Library, third floor. It's a wireless hot spot. It's quiet and I like
that it's open space. I don't like to see clutter. I like to see
What is the last music you bought or downloaded? Give us a little
I think it was Kanye West, "Gold Digger." Oh gosh, I love
the beats. It just gets me off tapping my feet.
Other than what you're reading for school, what book is currently
on your nightstand?
"The Art of Loving," by Erich Fromm, and I'm reading a book on
Name a guilty pleasure of yours.
Chocolate. Sinful. Oh my gosh, delicious.
Any other hobbies?
Swimming, a lot of outdoor stuff. Kayaking and paragliding. And I just
love the beaches. … You can talk to me about all the best beaches
in California because I've probably been to most of them.
If you could change one thing about SF State,
what would it be?
Wireless connections in classrooms, everywhere, and in the basement
(of the Creative Arts building).
What is guaranteed to bring a smile to your day?
Being with family. Being with my husband is certainly very important
to me. He brings a lot of happiness to me.
-- Matt Itelson
Photo: courtesy of Anuneha Mewawalla