Announcement from Director of Strategic Initiatives Elite Truong:

We are excited to announce that Rekha Tenjarla is joining the newsroom as a senior creative technologist specializing in experimental storytelling. Rekha will focus on developing new ways to incorporate emerging technologies, including object recognition and social augmented reality, into our storytelling, products and newsroom tools.

Rekha comes to us from The New Yorker, where she spent the last two years as an editorial interactives developer, building immersive features, designing visual stories and developing their technical architecture. She contributed to several award-winning pieces, including “Say Their Names,” which won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Cover of the Year award, and “Inside Xinjiang’s Prison State,” which won the Online News Association’s awards for Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling and Excellence in Immersive Storytelling. Before joining The New Yorker, Rekha worked at The Atlantic as a front-end developer on the product team.

Rekha is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics. She grew up in Austin and has been on the East Coast for more than 10 years, bouncing between New York City and Washington, D.C., where she currently lives with her partner and two cats.

Please welcome Rekha when she starts Jan. 18.