Vikas Bajaj has been a member of the editorial board of The New York Times since December 2012. He writes many of the newspaper’s editorials about business, international economics, science and health care. He contributed to a series of editorials about gun violence that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2016.
Before joining the board, he served as the paper’s bureau chief in Mumbai, where he primarily covered economics but also wrote about politics and the arts. While there, he was part of a team that produced a series of articles called India’s Way that documented the country’s economic boom the country’s unique development path.
He started his 11-year career at The Times on the Business desk, where he covered the housing and financial markets in the lead up to and during the financial crisis. He was among the first reporters at the paper and in the country to write about problems with subprime mortgages and exotic financial instruments that played a big role in the crisis. Bajaj was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) and was brought up there and in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a degree in journalism. His first job out of college was at The Dallas Morning News, where he spent seven years, most of them as a business reporter covering the telecommunications and technology industries.
In his spare time, he likes to cook Thai, Indian and other kinds of food. He lives in New York City.