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Nita Rao

Writer/Research Editor/Fact-Checker

Location icon United States

Written for Mental Floss, The Village Voice, RollingStone.com,Time Out New York, NYMag.com, Gap Inc., Audible, Facebook, and more.

Research & Fact-Checking
Researched and fact-checked print and digital stories for ESSENCE, Smithsonian Magazine, RollingStone.com, Us Weekly, and The Village Voice.

Previously: Deputy Research Editor for Us Weekly and Associate Editor and Deputy Research Chief at The Village Voice.

My name can be tricky to pronounce. Nita sounds like "Nee-thuh."
Contact: [email protected]



The Village Voice
Perfect Day

WRITING. And this is how one perfect ordinary day unravels: with a tin of peppermints and two black ponytail elastics in my back pocket.

In The Belly Of The Beast

RESEARCH/ FACT-CHECKING/ ADDITIONAL REPORTING. "In the Belly of the Beast" was nominated for a Webby Award in the News category.

The Village Voice
Haircut 101

WRITING. In 2000's The Virgin Suicides, Kirsten Dunst is a milk bubble of a nymphet – luminous, lustful, and blessed with splendid hair.


The Village Voice
AIDS: The Agony of Africa

LEAD RESEARCHER/FACT-CHECKING. "AIDS: The Agony of Africa" was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.


Gap Inc. | aDressed
All That Glitters is Limited Edition (and Gold)

Visionaire fashion and art magazine and Gap have teamed up for the third time to design a new line of 15 limited edition T-shirts. “The Gold Collection” features foil-stamping and triple-gold ink printing technique, along with art from past issues of Visionaire.

Gap Inc. | aDressed
Knitbombers Get Cozy at Old Navy’s San Francisco Flagship Store

Sister knitters Lorna and Jill Watt spent 140 hours using “every fiber art tool known to man” (bobby pins, thumb tacks, lazy Susans, and college ruled notebooks, included) to create their most ambitious yarnbomb to date: a 1950 Chevy truck at Old Navy’s flagship store in San Francisco.

Facebook Deals

Browse and behold the retro preppy madras plaids, breezy sundresses, and Hawaiian hibiscus prints draping boardshorts at clothing, shoe, and gear boutique, St. Bernard Sports. Then splurge with this 50% off deal...

Facebook Deals

The summer sunsets over Lake Travis blaze blood orange, then gold. Now you can witness this miracle with your honey and a few friends. Snag this deal: pay $10 for $20 worth of Uncle Billy's southern comfort food and stay for supper under moonlight.


Gap Inc. | aDressed
Lost Property of London Makes Burlap Coffee Sacks All the Rage

Brit designer Katy Bell hauls left-for-dead burlap coffee sacks off city sidewalks back to her studio where she transforms each bag– prickly fibers, block type and all– into the bespoke Maltby tote that launched her Lost Property of London high-end eco label in 2009.

Gap Inc. | Let's Do More
Kate Middleton is the Queen of Reuse

The former Kate Middleton is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge now. Yet the glossy chestnut locks and endearing awkwardness– these have stayed the same. Another constant: Duchess Kate’s habit of remixing her wardrobe...

RetailMeNot, Inc. | Deals.com
Make Small Talk With These 10 Tips For Shy Folks

Here are 10 foolproof conversation starters to ease school-event jitters and navigate neighborhood potlucks. Mind your manners. Always make proper introductions by landing a firm handshake, and offering your first and last names. No exceptions.


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, author Helen Simonson’s wry, perceptive debut novel about love, the British class system, and family obligations, genially unfolds amid a quaint, leafy English village, tweedy and provincial as any Miss Marple mystery, drafty vicarage and all.

Time Out New York
The Master Bedroom

Kate Flynn is a forty-something college prof who leaves lipstick on the rims of whiskey glasses and claw marks in her cold cream...


Italian for "bearded", Barbuto is the rustic, rambling restaurant that shares space with Industria Superstudio, in a converted warehouse and garage, with eight separate studios rented for high-fashion photo shoots (sister atelier: Milan).

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