Hi there, it's Amrit, and here's a first-person bio because let's be real: I wrote this thing.
I'm a television host, journalist, lawyer, writer, documentarian, and a human. I presently appear on Season 2 of Andy Cohen's Then & Now, and just ended a five-year tenure as the Chief Political Correspondent, Music & Culture Editor, and News anchor of REVOLT TV.
At REVOLT I covered news and social justice from the field and in the studio, and hosted and produced various culture and music programs. During the election cycle I hosted a Town Hall with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, sat down with Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate William Weld, reported from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and hosted the issue-oriented bipartisan roundtable studio show Voices Of The Future. (I've also hosted countless red carpets and film premieres, my favorite being the Grammys Red Carpet.)
I've also written, hosted, and produced a few documentary films. For fans of indie music and Indian food, there's DOSA HUNT, a culinary-adventure film exploring identity and the immigrant-art experience in New York City, featuring members of acclaimed bands like Vampire Weekend, Neon Indian, Yeasayer, Das Racist, and Vijay Iyer. (New York Magazine called it "sharply funny," Interview Magazine called it "Part Big Brother, part No Reservations, part something smarter, with lots of laughs, something to learn, and a killer soundtrack," and my friends called it "delicious.") The movie's screened around the world, thanks to nice words from places like NPR, and the BBC, amongst others. It was a labor of love. I also made a short documentary called #FreeMichelleWest, taking a close look at the injustices of the criminal justice system, mandatory minimum sentences, and the prison industrial complex through the lens of a daughter on a quest for her mother's clemecy through fashion. And then there's the five-part series about on music's cultural evolution and the ways in which music and identity are intertwined. It's called Breaking: Genres -- I'm partial to the episode in which I sat with Rick Rubin in his backyard for an hour. (I'm still floating.)
Before my career in television, I practiced corporate securities litigation as an attorney in New York City, fulfilling both familial obligation and intellectual curiosity though not my sense of self. And so I took a leap, forming a journalistic sentience as the Executive Editor of the popular website Stereogum. While there I blogged my head off for eight years, helping popularize artists like Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, and others who weren't even from Brooklyn. It was the ride of a lifetime during which I traveled the world, documenting and contributing to an independent-minded art culture which has blossomed into something global and beautiful. (My goodbye post says it all, albeit sentimentally.)
I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with concentrations in Political Science and Philosophy and earned my law degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where I served as Editor of the International Law Journal. I was born in New York City, spent my teens outside Philadelphia, and live in Los Angeles with my wife and brand-new baby daughter, who is an actual dreamboat.
Whatever it is that brought you over, thanks for coming by. Feel free to drop me a line, anytime.