Rana Ayyub is a journalist and writer.
Rana is a Global Opinions writer for The Washington Post. Previously, she was an investigative journalist for the Delhi-based political news magazine Tehelka. She was critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Her reporting was instrumental in sending an associate of Modi's to jail in 2010.
As an investigative journalist at Tehelka, Ayyub worked on a sting operation aimed at exposing cover-ups made by politicians and government officials in the state of Gujarat regarding the Gujarat riots of 2002. She spent ten months undercover gathering evidence. However, when it was time to publish her report, Tehelka's editor refused, and went on to refuse to publish any story written by Ayyub or based on her data. Ayyub continued to work for Tehelka, but resigned several months later over problems with sexual harassment allegations within the paper.
Ayyub's self-published her work on the 2002 Gujarat riots in book form, called "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up," in 2016. Despite the fact that no publisher was willing to publish the book, it has been a commercial and critical success. In 2018, Ayyub received the Sanskriti Award for Most Resilient Global Journalist.