Biography

Versatile, data-driven journalist

For two decades, Sanjay Bhatt has covered the news with an analytical eye, authoritative voice and versatile storytelling skills.

Bhatt currently is real-estate reporter for The Seattle Times.

In "Misdirected Money," a series published in March 2015, he documented how big developers building in prosperous downtowns exploited a federal immigrant visa program intended to benefit economically distressed areas.

He also covered the Securities and Exchange Commission's biggest international fraud case of the year -- a civil fraud lawsuit against local developer Lobsang Dargey and his firm, Path America. Bhatt explored the arc of the developer's rise and fall and brought to light a Chinese family who invested in the project and could lose their Shanghai home.

From 2007 to 2012, a period of extreme turbulence in the newspaper industry, Bhatt was a leader in innovative storytelling among his peers. He was one of the first Times reporters to publish online mini-documentaries and data visualizations in Tableau. Those works garnered industry awards, a fellowship to the VISUALIZE conference in New York and the leadership role for special reports on CEO pay and on the Pacific Northwest's top public companies.

Bhatt also has written for The Palm Beach Post, The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and The Wall Street Journal.

Bhatt covered the nation's first confirmed anthrax case just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He later received a Knight Foundation fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he mapped West Nile cases in Louisiana and crept into dark attics looking for rabid bats. He's glad he doesn't do that for a living.

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