Mythili Rao is a journalist and book critic in New York.

She is currently a producer for The Takeaway, a national daily news news radio program produced by WNYC in partnership with Public Radio International and The New York Times.  She also covers books for WNYC; her author interviews and reporting can be heard on WNYC’s local broadcasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Her book reviews and essays have additionally appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, The New York Observer, Words Without Borders, The Millions, and other publications.

Before joining WNYC, she worked on CNN’s New York assignment desk, where she was part of the network’s Peabody-winning 2008 election coverage team.

She graduated from University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. She also holds a Master’s in English & American Literature from New York University.

She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.