Moni Basu is the Michael and Linda Connelly Lecturer in Narrative Nonfiction at the University of Florida. Before teaching, Moni was a reporter and editor at CNN, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers. She still writes as a freelancer and her recent work has been published in the Bitter Southerner and Flamingo magazine. She is also a distinguished professor of practice in the narrative media MFA program at the University of Georgia. Her 2012 e-book, Chaplain Turner’s War grew from a series of stories on an Army chaplain in Iraq. A platoon sergeant named her “Evil Reporter Chick” and she was featured once as a war reporter in a Marvel comics series. Moni’s work has won national and international accolades but she is most proud of being named the 2020 University of Florida Teacher of the Year. Born in Kolkata, India, Moni grew up straddling two cultures. English is not her first language and she has never taken a class in journalism.