I’m Rheaa Rao, a 23-year-old journalist, currently studying at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and working at Commercial Observer. I’m originally from Bombay, a bustling port city in India, but I’ve lived in New York and Oxford for my undergraduate studies and work. I’m a business journalist with a passion for data. I also have video and audio skills and enjoy reporting for radio.
I’ve extensively covered the New York real estate beat- from deals and acquisitions to financing and larger trends. I love tracking money because I think that’s where a lot of rich stories are hidden and a lot of inequalities can be exposed. I’m not afraid of numbers, large, messy data, FOIA requests or endless 990 forms. I can wade through them to pull the story out by its heart.