Sonali Kolhatkar

Award Winning Broadcast Journalism

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and executive producer of Rising Up With Sonali, a daily, drive-time nationally syndicated radio and television program produced in Los Angeles, California.

Rising Up With Sonali is a brand new program. Previously, Sonali hosted and produced Uprising with Sonali, a drive-time radio show that debuted in 2003, making it the longest running drive time radio program in Southern California hosted by a woman of color.


In 2015, Sonali won the Best TV Anchor Award from the Los Angeles Press Club.

Rising Up With Sonali can be heard on KPFK Pacifica Radio in Southern California on Mondays and Tuesdays and on KPFA Pacifica Radio in Northern California every week day from 8 to 9 am PST. The television version of the program can be viewed on the show’s Vimeo channel and is forthcoming on Free Speech TV (DirecTV, Dish Network, Roku).

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Latest Stories from Rising Up With Sonali:

  • Trump’s Saudi Arabia Speech Filled With Contradictions
    by Admin on May 22, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    FEATURING RAHUL MAHAJAN – After more than a 100 days in office, Donald Trump has finally left the country. Over the weekend he embarked on a multi-nation trip starting with Saudi Arabia, then heading to Israel. After that he will make stops in Belgium, Italy, and the Vatican. It was strange that Trump’s first foreign... […]

  • Neoliberals, Utopia, and Nightmares
    by Admin on May 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    FEATURING MUMIA ABU JAMAL – Mumia has spoken out from inside prison walls for years and recently filed this commentary entitled Neoliberals, Utopia and Nightmares. Listen more at Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner and award winning journalist. […]

  • Immigration Agents Arrest Undocumented Activist, Provoking Community Outcry
    by Admin on May 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    FEATURING MYISHA ARELLANO – A student at California State University Los Angeles was detained by federal immigration authorities last week, prompting a major outcry from her friends and colleagues. Twenty-two year old Claudia Rueda is a well-known immigrant rights activist, whose mother was taken into custody just days earlier as part of a drug-related sweep.... […]

  • Palestinian Political Prisoner’s Son Highlights On-Going Hunger Strike
    by Admin on May 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    FEATURING ARAB BARGHOUTI – Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners remain on hunger strike while being held in Israeli custody. Among them is the famed activist Marwan Barghouti who has led the weeks-long strike to protest conditions facing Palestinian prisoners. Now, one of his sons, Arab Barghouti, who is currently in the US, has launched a social... […]

  • How States Can Make Up Federal Inaction on Climate
    by Admin on May 19, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    FEATURING BASAV SEN – A new report about the migration of trees north- and west-ward in the US in response to climate change, has underscored once more how little time we have left to waste. Climate action has stalled after the Paris Accord, and the election of Donald Trump has thrown a wrench into many... […]