AUSTIN, Texas — Tanvi Varma is an investigative reporter at KVUE. She caught the investigative bug when she was a reporter at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley, which is right on the Texas/Mexico border.
There, she reported on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star and revealed that the large increase in crime associated with the increase in migration was mainly minor traffic violations. She conducted a ride-along with Border Patrol, revealing that many migrants were fleeing their home countries due to natural disasters and cartel violence. She also revealed a county-wide backlog of child sexual assault cases, resulting in one young girl inching closer toward justice.
Before her role at KRGV, Tanvi was a journalism student at USC Annenberg. She enjoyed working in South Los Angeles, and was the editor of the publication “Intersections, South LA,” where she would go into unincorporated communities and report on how systemic racism and oppression has shaped where they are today. While in college, she interned at KABC-TV, KGO-TV, NBC Nightly News, and also KGO Radio.
The opportunity to be a journalist means the world to her. Everyday she finds meaning in her work, whether that’s by exposing something that wasn’t already known or by making someone feel special by just listening to them. She believes that giving someone the space to speak their truth and really be heard is one of the most powerful ways to make the community a more inclusive place.
When she’s not out reporting, she’s playing with her dog and pig. She’s a passionate vegan and dreams of having her own animal sanctuary one day. She puts both of her animals on a leash and takes them around town. A couple people in Austin have already stopped her and told her they now want to get pigs because they never knew how affectionate and smart they are!