Executive Director – Center for Investigative Reporting Sri Lanka
Dilrukshi is a versatile global expert in mass communication with over 20 years of experience as a journalist, media trainer and strategist.
She served as the consultant editor of the Daily and Weekend Express newspapers until recently. At present, she serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting Sri Lanka. She is the Gender Focal Point of the International Federation of Journalists – Asia Pacific and the Co-Convener of South Asian Women in Media- Sri Lanka Chapter.
She contributes to a range of reputed outlets including Jazeera, IRIN, Anadolu, Reuters Alertnet, mongabay.com and and SciDev.Net.
Dilrukshi was a Jefferson Fellow and a Democracy Fellow.
A lawyer by training, Dilrukshi studied investigative journalism at the Stabile Center at Columbia University, USA and Writership from the School of Authentic Journalism, Mexico.
A trainer certified by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), she has trained journalists in many countries and has served as a resource person/ visiting lecturer at premier education institutes.
A recipient of several journalism experience awards, Dilrukshi won the Mervyn Silva Journalist of the Year Award 2012 presented by the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka. She was a member of the SciDev.Net’ Asia team’s that won the best science journalism story on the world wide web presented by the Association of the Britsh Science Writers in 2005 for the post tsunami coverage in the region. In 2014, she won the prestigious WASH Media Award presented by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) for reporting excellence under the ‘monitoring commitment category.’
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