Sameer Rao is a Baltimore-based editor, reporter, critic and writer with a history in journalism on tech, social entrepreneurship, the legal industry, music, arts and culture.
Sameer currently works as an editor for Techincal.ly Media, a tech- and social entrepreneurship-focused media company with affiliate wires and publications in various Northeastern cities. He was most recently a reporter for legal world publication Law360 and its mid-law-focused sister site, Law360 Pulse, where he focused on the Connecticut legal industry and also contributed to the main Law360 site’s access to justice coverage. Before joining Law360, Sameer was an arts and entertainment reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He spent nearly four years as a reporter for Colorlines, where he composed long- and short-form pieces on arts, music, communications policy, tech, sports, police violence, immigration and a variety of other topics. Sameer’s freelance work includes stories for The Guardian, Stereogum, VICE’s Noisey, The Village Voice, Kore Magazine, WXPN’s The Key and The Washington Post Express, among other publications.
Sameer’s journalism career began with an internship at Philadelphia City Paper, where he also freelanced and oversaw a hyperlocal section before its 2015 closure. He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), spent two years on its governing and advisory boards and co-chaired its 2017 national convention in Philadelphia. He also successfully completed The Power of Diverse Voices, a seminar for journalists of color, at The Poynter Institute that same year. Sameer is a graduate of Haverford College and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and he has also worked as a non-profit marketing coordinator, case worker, and community organizer.