Hi! My name is Monica Luhar and I’m a storyteller, blogger, and aspiring teacher based in Los Angeles, California.
I fell into the world of journalism because my dada (grandfather) always nurtured my love for the craft and reminded me of my responsibility to tell untold stories and share a slice of history that would have otherwise gone undocumented.
Although dada did not live to see his granddaughter’s name on TV or her first byline in a national publication—I continue to feel his presence every day. I carry his spirit and love for storytelling with me wherever I go, as a second-generation Indian American and the proud daughter of immigrants.
I’ve covered a range of stories highlighting the stigma of mental and sexual health in AAPI communities and the need for more foster care parents to fill language and culture gaps. I’ve also interviewed survivors of human trafficking and human rights advocates who are pushing for change.
I’ve talked to college students about affirmative consent and whether they felt sex education was part of the conversation during freshman orientation for this viral VICE piece (later referenced in a follow-up story by ATTN:. )
I also wrote a lot about the fate of microbeads (those plastic things that end up in your personal care products) for KCET’s defunct policy blog.
I also tried not to fangirl when I got to interview my childhood hero, Kev Nish, (“Like a G6″/”Rocketteer” from FAR EAST MOVEMENT). It was truly epic.
Previously, I served as an assistant digital producer, reporter, and social media editor for KCET’s Emmy-award winning newsmagazine TV show, “SoCal Connected.” I was responsible for managing the show’s digital presence and social media accounts for two seasons. My KCET reporting adventures have given me the opportunity to visit LA Men’s Central Jail, where I helped shadow and produce a story on the K6G unit.
My bylines have appeared in the following hyperlocal and national news outlets: NBC Latino, NBC Asian America, NBC Out, Yahoo! News, Huffington Post Los Angeles, KPCC, VICE Broadly, VICE Tonic, LA Weekly, KCET, Time Inc’s Hellogiggles, New America Media, India-West, LA Beez, OC Weekly, the Aerogram, AOL’s Patch.com, San Diego Free Press, Louisiana Weekly, and India-West.
I currently freelance for NBC Asian America. You can view some of my clips here.
In high school, Mixed Martial Artist & fighter Keta Meggett was bullied and targeted for her biracial identity. There was one point where she landed in the hospital with severe injuries that left her with PTSD and thoughts of ending her life. Today, she's sharing her story and tackling youth bullying head on through her nonprofit, @teambullybuster. Full story in bio. @laweekly . . . #womenempowerment #selfdefense #antibullying #teambullybuster #ketameggett #mma #badasswomen #losangeles #laweekly #bullying #studiocity #cyberbullying #youth #fighter #wmma
Hi! My name is Monica Luhar (@moniluhar), and I’m taking over @NBCAsianAmerica’s Instagram account to give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at float decorating before the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. kicks off New Year’s Day! I will be shadowing volunteers from the Sikh community as they help decorate and add the finishing touches to a float titled, “Sikh Langar: World’s Largest Free Kitchen.”