Veda has a passion for video journalism and long-form storytelling. She was a producer at The New York Times for close to 3 years and is now a contributing producer at National Geographic.  Her short documentaries and interactive stories have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Frontline, PBS NewsHour, NY1 and Newsweek.

Latest work:

  • National Geographic Explorers Series on YouTube.

Endangered Penguins of South Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwH3fygSNVU

Clearing Everest’s Trash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK79eI71qxU

  • The New York Times

“Remembering Emmett Till: The Legacy of a Lynching.” The New York Times, February 2019. 


“Dark Island: Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Grid.” The New York Times, May 2018.


Full playlist of 100+ New York Times stories here: https://www.nytimes.com/video/veda-shastri

Ladies Only, Independent Documentary, 2017

“Ladies Only” is a 29-minute short documentary directed by Veda Shastri that takes place in New Delhi, India. The film explores the rise of gender-segregated spaces in the Indian capital’s public transport system—trains, buses, and now, taxis. To combat the pervasive problem of rape and sexual harassment, “women’s only” initiatives have been implemented to make the city safer and more secure for women. This film follows the characters of Preeti, who’s hoping to leave her abusive husband, and Simran, who is transgender, as they attend driving school and learn to become one of India’s few female professional taxi drivers—for women specifically.

Return to Chernobyl, PBS Frontline, 2016