Anjuli Sastry is a producer on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. In her role, Sastry cuts interviews, writes scripts, books guests, scores music, plans future coverage, decides the editorial direction of episodes and more. Her work has ranged from producing episodes that look at gun violence in Oakland, a deep dive into the history of drag culture and interviews with folks like John Legend and Jennifer Lopez. Her work also involves producing live shows in places like Iowa and Chicago and directing weekly tapings of It's Been a Minute.
Sastry started her career at NPR on the flagship newsmagazine All Things Considered. In this role, Sastry led the show's social media team, was the lead producer for the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots series and reported in the Southwest and Mexico with Melissa Block and Elissa Nadworny for the special series Our Land.
She's worked as a producer for Marketplace and Press Play at KCRW, and her work has appeared in NPR's Life Kit, Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered and ABC News.
Sastry is a founder and leader of the NPR Women of Color Mentorship Program. She and her co-founders received the NPR Diversity Success employee award for their work in 2018. She was also part of the inaugural 2018 Online News Association Journalism Mentorship Collaborative and has spoken about mentorship at Werk It: A Women's Podcast Festival and the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
In 2019, Sastry was named an AIR New Voices Scholar.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sastry earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.