Kalita worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and, reported on housing. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, and speaks seven languages (but only four of them well). She previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. Born in Brooklyn, Kalita was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey. She lives (and eats) in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City, along with her artist husband and two daughters. She will spend this year on a Columbia fellowship reporting a book on school choice through one New York City neighborhood.