Smriti Rao

Reporter/Producer @srao_dnainfo srao@dnainfo.com

Smriti Rao is a reporter/producer at DNAinfo covering Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.

Originally from India, Smriti is an experienced news reporter and television anchor who working in New Delhi and Mumbai.

As an anchor for Bloomberg UTV, she hosted daily live updates on politics and the Indian markets for Bloomberg Asia. Also Smriti clocked in to work each day at 3:15 am to host and produce a popular breakfast news show on New Delhi Television.  

Smriti then stepped out of a perfectly-coiffed studio existence and jumped into reporting on immigrants and the economy in Queens.

A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has reported extensively on South Asians in the borough and was one of the few reporters invited to interview Citibank's Vikram Pandit on the high rate of foreclosures in the area. Fluent in several Indian languages, Smriti has covered world affairs, features and provided commentary for many news outlets including Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.

Fun Fact: She holds a family record for scarfing down 12 masala dosas (an Indian crepe with potato filling) at a cousin's wedding.

New York City »

July 31, 2012

Indian Saris a Cool Look for Summer

Drape an elegant sari with a bikini top to be a showstopper at summer parties.

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

July 30, 2012

Ayurveda Skin Care Offers Natural Relief from Summer Heat

Ayurveda's beauty fixes include fruit, honey and rose water for youthful skin.   

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

July 27, 2012

Former Eagle Theater in Jackson Heights Reopens As Food Court

The renovated Eagle Theater in Jackson Heights will house a new supermarket and food court.

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

July 26, 2012

Cool Off with Colombian Treats Like Agua de Panela and Cholados

Feeling caliente? Beat the heat with icy treats from Colombia.  

Flushing & Whitestone »

July 25, 2012

Learn Sultry Tango From a Master at Flushing Town Hall

Learn to embrace, lead and follow like a tango pro with a free performance and class. 

Flushing & Whitestone »

July 24, 2012

'Family Adventure Race' Brings Challenging Obstacle Course to Queens Park

The first-ever Family Adventure Race is coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in August.

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

July 24, 2012

Halal Indo-Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Jackson Heights

Cafe Taj will bring fried rice and spicy noodles to 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

July 20, 2012

From Saris to Jewelry, Ramadan Sales Abound in Jackson Heights

Stores in Jackson Heights lure shoppers with sales of up to 40 percent off on traditional wear.