Nikhita Mahtani

Nikhita Mahtani is a New York City-based journalist and editor specializing in wellness, travel, lifestyle, and design. She first developed a passion for magazines while growing up in Mumbai, India, where she would pore over the American and British editions of ComsoGirl, Elle, and Seventeen. After graduating from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2011, she interned at L'Officiel India and went on to get her master's in magazine journalism at New York University. She’s since held editorial roles at print magazines such as Elle Decor and Architectural Digest India and worked in the digital space at Domino, Elle, Bravo at NBCUniversal, and Elite Daily. Most recently, she was the deputy editor of Hearst’s Working as a freelance lifestyle journalist since 2018, her articles have appeared in GQ, InStyle, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Shape, Well+Good, Dwell, Self, and more.

• 10+ years of journalism experience
• Received a bachelor's degree in English and psychology from Barnard College
• Received a master's degree in magazine journalism from New York University

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