tanka dhakal, is an independent journalist based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He grew up in a village and feels a strong connection to the stories and issues of common people. He investigates and reports on the environment, climate change, community, and the intersections among them with real-world experience and scientific analyses in both Nepali and English. He equally dedicates his reporting to labor migration, human trafficking, psychological health, and intersectional representation of identities.


PGD in counseling psychology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. 2020

M.A., Rural Development, Tribhuvan University, Central Campus, Kritipur, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2018

B.A., Sociology and Rural Development, Tribhuvan University Saptagandaki Multiple Campus, Chitwan, Nepal, 2011

+2, Balkumari Higher Secondary School, Chitwan, Nepal, 2008


Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network, NIMJN, Reporting Fellow, 2023

  • Investigative reporting on climate finance, biodiversity and conservation efforts.

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, WCIJ, 2022

  • Investigative reporting government agencies are reluctant to not follow their own standard to protect lakes’ water quality and the importance of shoreline forests.

www.deshsanchar.com (Multimedia News portal), Senior Reporter, Kathmandu, From Jan 2018 to Nov 2022

  • Dedicated reporting on environment, climate science, and social justice issues.
  • Produce investigative and long-form stories through investigative reporting on crime and misconduct happening in the area of environment, climate, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Investigative reporting on child sexual abuse and refugee in Nepal.

Ujyaalo Radio Network/www.ujyaaloonline.com, Reporter/News presenter, Kathmandu, Aug 2014-Dec, 2017

  • Produced Radio Magazine for a national-level radio network covering wildlife conservation.
  • Co-produced a weekly radio magazine for a national-level radio network covering the situations and rights of people living with HIV and their families.
  • Produced news reports on current affairs and migration.


  • Alfred Friendly Press partners Fellow, 2022.
  • Training Fellowship in Investigative Journalism, OCCRP, 2021.
  • Investigative Multimedia Fellow, Media Foundation Nepal, 2019
  • Investigative Reporting Fellow, Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network, Nepal, 2020


Nepali (Excellent), English (Excellent), Hindi (Intermediate), Tharu (Basic).