Meet the new news reporter Urmila Ramakrishnan

Urmila Ramakrishnan
Urmila Ramakrishnan

I suppose this is where we get a bit personal.

My name is Urmila Ramakrishnan, and I’m the newest addition to the Isanti County News. I’ll be writing stories about the Braham City Council, Braham School Board and other community news.

I’d like to think that I’m your typical goulash-eating Minnesotan. I was born in Minneapolis and raised in North St. Paul. My love for storytelling and observing others brought me into journalism. As a kid, I would keep a diary. But instead of break-ups and letters, I would fill the pages with observations. It would go something like: Dear Diary, I’m sitting on a plane, next to my aunt and I can hear the conversation of the couple in front of me. They are talking about their vacation. They are going to Tokyo to visit a temple. See you later.

As I grew older, I learned that my journal writing was actually a very basic form of journalism. That’s how I ended up as a reporter for the University of Minnesota’s college newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. Since then, I kept writing for various publications. I graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in biological sciences.

After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to land two writing jobs, with very different audiences. I covered the Minnesota legislative session as a legislative correspondent for an Iron Range newspaper called Mesabi Daily News. I was also an intern at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. After that, I interned for Delta Airline’s in-flight magazine, Sky, and I freelance for the online food magazine Eater.

I think you could best describe me as a busy bee. If I’m not working, I’m either on a food adventure, food blogging, traveling, trying a new hobby or sitting on Pinterest, surfing for DIY ideas. I’m also a third-degree white belt in shinbudo and love kick-boxing. I would say that I’m a huge trivia nerd and history buff. That, combined with my quirky humor and love for travel and food pushed me to create my own YouTube Channel.

Speaking of travel, I’ve been fortunate enough to see more than 24 different countries in my life. My most recent expedition was to Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an in China. There I met a kung fu master, one of the farmers who discovered the famous terra-cotta warriors, ate a preserved egg, climbed the Great Wall and sat in traffic.

I feel so fortunate and excited to be a part of Isanti County News. I believe that people in the community have the best stories, and I can’t wait to hear from you.

Feel free to introduce yourself or pitch a story at 763-691-6017 or send me an email at [email protected]