Chitra Ragavan

Chitra Ragavan is a columnist at SWAAY and a former award winning journalist at NPR and U.S. News

Before launching her second career in tech startups, Chitra was an investigative reporter and national correspondent at major news outlets for two decades. She served as a Correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR), Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent at U.S. News and World Report magazine (U.S. News), and On-Air Correspondent at Chicago public television (WTTW).

Read a selection of her featured works.

"Chitra is one of the most informed, insightful, fair, and trustworthy journalists with whom I have worked. Her stories always were accurate and balanced and she has some of the best sources throughout the government of any national security reporter."

– Bryan Cunningham, Principal, Bryan Cunningham, Law

U.S. News Cover Articles

FBI Inc.
June 18, 2001 (Not available in PDF)

Final Arguments
Dec. 4, 2000 (Not available in PDF)

Read a selection of some of Chitra's NPR & U.S. News Stories

Profiles by Subject

David Addington, May 29, 2006
James Cavanaugh, March 6, 2006
Patrick Fitzgerald, July 4, 2005
Frances Fragos Townsend, Dec. 6, 2004
Maureen Baginski, Sept. 27, 2004


Getting in Deeper (PDF)
May 28, 2007

Putting the Squeeze On (PDF)
May 14, 2007

The Embattled Attorney General (PDF)
April 30, 2007

A General Rebellion (PDF)
April 9, 2007

A Different Brand of Warfare (PDF)
March 19, 2007

Guys in Suits: On a Mission (PDF)
February 26, 2007


Who Lost Iraq? (PDF)
November 27, 2006

Capitol Crime (PDF)
September 25, 2006

Unraveling a Scary Plot (PDF)
August 28, 2006

A Troubling Sense of Deja Vu (PDF)
July 24, 2006

Suicide Bomb Scare (PDF)
July 3-10, 2006

Cheney’s Guy (PDF)
May 29, 2006

High Tech’s High Stakes at the FBI (PDF)
April 17, 2006

The Letter of the Law (PDF)
March 27, 2006

Packing Heat (PDF)
March 13, 2006

More Fires to Extinguish (PDF)
March 6, 2006


One Mighty-Determined Plumber (PDF)
July 4, 2005

FBI Case Mismanagement (PDF)
June 20, 2005

Screwy Terror Tales (PDF)
June 13, 2005

Africa’s Most Wanted (PDF)
May 16, 2005

Fixing the FBI
March 28, 2005 (PDF)

Terror on the Streets (PDF)
Dec. 13, 2004

A Skillful Survivor (PDF)
Dec. 6, 2004

The FBI’s Vision Lady (PDF)
Sep. 27, 2004

Unraveling the Plot (PDF)
June 28, 2004

The Imam’s Very Curious Story (PDF)
June 21, 2004

Sniffing Out Trouble (PDF)
May 31, 2004

A Big Legal Mess, Too (PDF)
May 24, 2004

Law in a New Sort of War (PDF)
Apr. 26, 2004

Another Mess in Motown (PDF)
Apr. 19, 2004

On-Again, Off-Again Terrorist (PDF)
Apr. 12, 2004

A Battle in the Brig (PDF)
Apr. 5, 2004

A Real Case of Snakebite (PDF)
Mar. 22/29, 2004

Troubled 9/11 Tales (PDF)
Feb. 9, 2004

Ashcroft’s Way (PDF)
Jan. 26, 2004


China Doll (PDF)
Nov. 10, 2003

Pieces of the Puzzle (PDF)
Sep. 8, 2003

In Search of Answers (PDF)
July 14, 2003

Inside the FBI (PDF)
May 26, 2003

All in the Family (PDF)
Apr. 21, 2003

A Hunt for ‘The Pilot’ (PDF)
April 7, 2003

Alert — And Anxious (PDF)
March 31, 2003

Tracing Terror’s Routes (PDF)
Feb. 24, 2003

The Traitors (PDF)
Jan. 27, 2003


Under Cloudy Skies (PDF)
Dec. 9, 2002

Finding the Holes in the Net (PDF)
Oct. 21, 2002

Safety First (PDF)
Sep. 9, 2002

Secrets of the Service (PDF)
June 17, 2002

In the Line of Fire (PDF)
May 27, 2002

Who Ya Gonna Call? (PDF)
May 20, 2002

Coming to America (PDF)
Feb. 18, 2002


The Case of a ’20th Hijacker’? (PDF)
Dec. 24, 2001

Lost and Found (PDF)
Aug. 13, 2001

Alien Alarm: Out of Jail (PDF)
July 30, 2001

Gunning for Gumshoes (PDF)
July 30, 2001

FBI Inc. (PDF)
June 18, 2001

USN&WR stories prior to 2001 are not available in PDF, but can be read at

And Now, Sound And Fury (with Marianne Lavelle)
Dec 25, 2000

Decision Time
Dec 11, 2000

Final Arguments
Dec 4, 2000

At the Sound of the Bell . . .
Dec 4, 2000

Federally Speaking, a Fine Kettle of Fish
Oct 16, 2000

The Lee Debacle Starts Biting Back
Sept 25, 2000

That Quiet Hissing Sound
Sept 18, 2000

The Curious Lee Case
Sept 11, 2000


Was He Sloppy or Sly?
Dec 27, 1999

A Curious Conspiracy
Dec 20, 1999

The U.S. Targets Gun Makers
Dec 20, 1999

A Safe Haven, But for Whom?
Nov 15, 1999

Seeking Answers in the Ashes
Nov 8, 1999

The Toll in Texas
Aug 16, 1999

The Frantic Hunt for an Alien Killer
July 5, 1999

Once Again, a Quick-Draw Debate in the Gun Wars
May 10, 1999

The Son of Don Tries His Luck
April 12, 1999

Ready, Aim, Fire
Mar 1, 1999

In Other Scandal News . . .
Feb 8, 1999

Let the Scandal Inquiries Begin
Jan 11, 1999


A Trial or A Deal?
Dec 28, 1998
with Marianne Lavelle, Angie Cannon and Kenneth T. Walsh

NPR Stories


History of Impeachment Nov. 10, 1998, Morning Edition

Starr Expense Report Oct. 29, 1998, All Things Considered

Impeachment Inquiry Oct. 9, 1998, Morning Edition

Clinton: What’s at Stake All Things Considered, August 13, 1998

Issues in Weston Case Morning Edition, July 31, 1998

Investigation Capitol Shootings Morning Edition, July 29, 1998

Weston Unable to Attend Court Hearing All Things Considered, July 27, 1998

Capitol Shooting Details Unfold Weekend Edition, July 25, 1998

Two Die in Capitol Hill Shooting All Things Considered, July 24, 1998

Starr Investigation All Things Considered, July 23, 1998

Probing Martin Luther King’s Death June 26, 1998, Morning Edition

Brill and Starr-gate All Things Considered, June 18, 1998

Where Does This Leave Starr Politically? All Things Considered, April 2, 1998

FBI Settles with Whitehurst Morning Edition, February 27, 1998

DOJ to Protect Secret Service Agents from Testifying in Lewinsky Matter All Things Considered, February 27, 1998

Clinton Scandal Weekend Edition,Saturday, January 31, 1998

Starr’s Investigation Morning Edition, January 26, 1998

Update on Lewinsky Case All Things Considered, January 24, 1998


Jones Versus Clinton All Things Considered, August 22, 1997

Ruby Ridge All Things Considered, August 15, 1997

Richard Jewell Testifies about FBI Treatment All Things Considered, July 30, 1997

FBI Internal Review of Jewell Case All Things Considered, July 28, 1997

How CIA Shooting Suspect Kansi Was Caught Morning Edition, June 19, 1997

CIA Shooting Suspect Kansi Arraigned All Things Considered, June 18, 1997

FBI Settles With Whistle Blower Feb 27, 1998, Morning Edition

FBI Aftermath All Things Considered, June 3, 1997

U.S. to Seek Death in Unabomber Case All Things Considered, May 15, 1997

FBI & CIA Poor Communication Examined All Things Considered, April 24, 1997

FBI Lab and Bush Assassination Attempt Morning Edition, April 22, 1997

WTC Case: Justice Department Says FBI Gave False Information All Things Considered, April 17, 1997

FBI Crime Lab Report Could Damage Cases Morning Edition, April 16, 1997

FBI Crime Lab Report Finds Some Flaws All Things Considered, April 15, 1997

FBI Crime Lab Credibility Questioned All Things Considered, March 26, 1997

How FBI Tracked Bomb Scare Morning Edition, February 26, 1997

Forensic Evidence in Oklahoma City Bombing Feb 19, 1997, Morning Edition.

Interview with Whistleblower Frederick Whitehurst Morning Edition, February 11, 1997

FBI Lab Methods Get Justice Department Scrutiny Morning Edition, January 31, 1997

FBI Crime Lab May Have Bungled Oklahoma City Bombing All Things Considered, January 30, 1997

Allegations from a Whistleblower about Forensic Fraud Morning Edition, January 29, 1997

Prisoners & Rape January 25, 1997


How the FBI Caught Their Spy Morning Edition, December 20, 1996

Earl Edwin Pitts Faces Espionage Charges Morning Edition, December 19, 1996

FBI Arrests Agent on Espionage Charges All Things Considered, December 18, 1996.

Indian Elections Four part series, November 1996

Fragmented Parties in India Begin to Form Coalitions

Ethnic and Religions Issues Divide India

Hundreds of Millions Go to the Polls in India

Deep Cynicism Will Not Keep Indians from The Polls

Ruby Ridge

All Things Considered, October 22, 1996

FAA Recommends Hi-Tech Airport Security Morning Edition, September 6, 1996

Gore Commission Releases Airline Safety Report All Things Considered, September 5, 1996

Commission Seeks Tighter Airline Security Measures All Things Considered, August 31, 1996

Airports May Need Pricey Equipment to Improve Security All Things Considered, August 23, 1996

No Sign Yet of Clinton’s Airport Security Commission Morning Edition, August 14, 1996

Farm Bill All Things Considered, February 29, 1996

Psychiatric Exams Causing Flap at Library of Congress All Things Considered, February 21, 1996


Library of Congress Collections Decimated By Thieves All Things Considered, November 28, 1995

Follow up: AIDS Patient Ida Greathouse Dead At 42 June 20, 1995

Chicago Woman With AIDS Fights For A Home For Her Child All Things Considered, November 10, 1993 – 20 minute documentary.


An Analysis of a Health Care Bill’s Failure All Things Considered, June 30, 1994 20 minute Documentary, part of Health care reform coverage

AIDS in India

Five part series, February, 1994

Indian Sex Practices Pose Problems for AIDS Researchers

AIDS Flourishes in the Underground Indian Gay Community

AIDS in Asia – India

India to Become Region’s Silent AIDS Volcano

AIDS Exploding in India


AIDS in Bellgrade Florida

Five part series, August – September 1993

Not All Willing to Cooperate with AIDS Awareness

Suffer the Children whose Parents Are Dying of AIDS

Rural Southern Florida Has AIDS Rate Rivaling NYC

High Incidents of Heterosexual AIDS Linked to Syphilis

Florida Leading in Heterosexual Spread of AIDS


Bhopal: 7 Years Past Union Carbide Gas Spill July 2, 1991 – 30 min documentary

“Chitra was one of the most aggressive, relentless journalists that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”

- Gordon Witkin, Award-Winning Journalist, U.S. News & World Report

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