Pranaav Jadhav is an award-winning journalist and the Sumner County reporter for the USA Today Network and The Tennessean.
Previously, he was the government/watchdog reporter at The Leaf-Chronicle predominantly covering city government, politics, elections, schools, and investigative stories. Occasionally, Pranaav got a chance to cover U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
In Clarksville, Pranaav broke the story of a missing soldier’s criminal history which was later cited and featured by several national media outlets including Fox, NBC and CBS News. He accessed internal communication of the Disabled American Veterans and uncovered a city council candidate’s suspension from the organization for misappropriation of funds which cost the candidate an election.
As a journalist in Starkville, Pranaav worked for The Reflector and Take 30 News receiving wide appreciation for his coverage of the student association elections in 2016. Pranaav was the first of several news organizations in Mississippi to break stories. The MSU Police chief’s DUI arrest, candidates to be interviewed for vacant SPD chief position, local city council initiating a cell phone ban in council meetings, court documents of students arrested for joining ISIS etc.
He was the first reporter to correct erroneous national media reportage of the Islamic Center in Starkville.
His opinion columns for the Reflector stirred many conversations across MSU campus, he frequently wrote on race issues, Obama administration’s aid to Pakistan, confederate emblem in Mississippi state-flag, immigration, economy, foreign policy and Kashmir.
At Take 30 news, Pranaav was part of a team that did the first live phone interview during severe weather, the first to break news of an alleged active-shooter on campus and the first to host an international live link from Turkey after terrorist bombings. His ground zero episodes never failed to receive a wide range of eye-balls.
Pranaav has interned twice with CNN News 18 in India where he covered political rallies, crime stories, protests, man-on-street interviews, the post analysis of the 2012 Union Budget, 2013 floods in Uttarakhand and the food poisoning in Bihar public schools among other stories. His work caught the attention of BBC producers who invited him to be a part of the World Have Your Say program to interview the Health Minister of Bihar in 2013.
When he has not chained to news, Pranaav likes to spend time in the Himalayas, on a beach or with his cricket bat.