Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty is a Delhi-based journalist who covers the North-east for the news website the Wire. Born in Golaghat, Assam, she graduated from the Gauhati University in 1995. She began her journey in journalism in 1996 with the United News of India (UNI), thus breaking the glass ceiling to become the first woman from the North-east to be employed as a journalist in its New Delhi office. Her reportage on the North-east began in The Hindu after she won the Inclusive Media Fellowship of the Centre for Development Studies (CSDS) in 2011 to write a series on the loss of livelihood due to annual erosion in Assam's Majuli island, Asia's largest riverine island, in the Brahmaputra river.
A rare chance to utilise the digital space for news about the North-east from a New Delhi newsroom led her to join Wire. In 2017, she received the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for feature writing.
Her English translation of Sahitya Akademi award winning Assamese writer Rita Chowdhury's novel Mayabritta is slated for publication in 2020.