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Paydesk has 21 journalists in Colombo. Our journalists can do broadcast reports, as well as printed media and photography.

Our top journalists in Colombo are Buddhini Ekanayake and Hassaan Shazuli.

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Journalists in Colombo



Buddhini Ekanayake

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Buddhini Ekanayake is a fixer and documentary filmmaker based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Languages
English Hindi Sinhala
Services
Documentaries Photography Fixing
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Skills
Arts & Books Food & Drink Music
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Hassaan Shazuli

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hassaan Shazuli is a freelance journalist based in Sri Lanka. He has written for publications in the likes of Al Jazeera, Mongabay, VICE World News, and The New Arab. His stories on print, broadcast and digital media platforms, focus on issues affecting the society, economy and environment.

A Read morestoryteller at heart, Hassaan loves simplifying complex stories for audiences. He is a strong advocate of using simple words and stunning graphics to help people understand stories.

Check out his portfolio on - www.hassaanshazuli.com
Languages
English Sinhala Tamil
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+10
Skills
Business Finance Politics
+7

Rukshana Rizwie

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Rukshana Rizwie is an editor and journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her Linkedin profile (https://lk.linkedin.com/in/rukshana-rizwie-******) features her extensive background as a local and international journalist.
Languages
English Hindi Sinhala
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Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) News Gathering Feature Stories
+8
Skills
Business Finance Politics
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Dinitha Rathnayake

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dinitha Rathnayake is a distinguished journalist with over 15 years of experience. Her career has been marked by numerous accolades, recognizing her exceptional work in investigative journalism, gender sensitivity, and media management.

she was awarded the prestigious Glorious Iconic World Read moreAwardees International Award, a special recognition for her contributions to media, particularly in the field of investigative journalism. This award, given in 2023, underscores her dedication and excellence in uncovering stories that matter.

In 2016, she received the South Asian Inquirer Award in the Radio Category, a testament to her investigative prowess and ability to bring important issues to light. The same year, she was also honored with the RTE Mobile Journalism Award, demonstrating her adaptability and skill in utilizing new technologies for storytelling.

In 2017, Rathnayake was acknowledged with the South Asia Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity, highlighting her commitment to promoting gender equality and sensitivity in media.

Her exemplary work ethic and dedication were further recognized when she was named the Best Employee of Neth FM in 2015, a testament to her outstanding performance and contributions to the station.

In 2018, Rathnayake was the 2nd Runner-Up in the Prima Kottu Mee Hotnspiystar competition and won the title of Miss Congeniality in Miss Working Girl Pageant. She also won the title of Miss Catwalk in the Miss Asia World pageant, showcasing her versatility and ability to excel in various fields.

Beyond her professional achievements, Rathnayake is also a dedicated educator. She currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism, where she imparts her extensive knowledge and expertise to aspiring journalists.
Languages
English Hindi Sinhala
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Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+7
Skills
Current Affairs Film & Theatre Entertainment & Celebrity
+7

Rahula Maheela Bandara

Colombo, Sri Lanka
rahula maheela is a Former Radio presenter, Video presenter, Television Anchor, Music Video Director, Lyrics writer, Actor, journalist, travel blogger, Broadcast Radio/television Producer, and Fixer based in Colombo Sri Lanka with more than seventeen years of experience. He started his career with Read morea television channel (a famous channel in Sri Lanka) and became an owner of a YouTube channel called Reuter Traveler and an owner of an audio/video production house in Sri Lanka. Apart from that, he was the pioneer in introducing daytime musical shows to Sri Lanka with a massive crowd. Also, he has hosted several programs in many countries such as the USA, and INDIA. Content creator on social platforms & mechanical engineer in mechatronics and manufacturing. Facebook - rahula maheela / inst - rahul_x01.
Languages
English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+19
Skills
Film & Theatre Entertainment & Celebrity Social
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Akila Jayawardena

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Akila Jayawardena is based in Colombo. An independent photojournalist, visual storyteller, and artist. Akila represents the fourth generation of photojournalism in Sri Lanka.
Akila started his career in photojournalism in 2017 as a freelance photographer at Ceylon Today, one of the main English Read morenewspapers in the country. He is also a regular contributor to Roar Media, a South Asia-based digital media platform, publishing photo stories on various subjects.

In 2019, Akila joined the Nur Photo Agency in Italy as a contributor, where he received the opportunity to take his images to an international audience. His work during Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 lockdowns as well as the following economic crisis has been published on multiple international news platforms. Locally, he continues to freelance his skills at the Sunday Times, one of the leading English newspapers on the island, and he also worked as a freelance photographer (2019 to 2021) at the Ravaya, an alternative Sinhala newspaper in Sri Lanka.

Service: Photography (Documentary, News Spots, Events ), Videographer, Fixer
Languages
English
Services
Photography
Skills
Investigative Reporting

Roel Raymond

Colombo, Sri Lanka
I am a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with over 15 years of experience with a variety of media - radio, print, digital. I have been in positions of senior editorial leadership for more than half my career, and was last the editor-in-chief of a leading digital media startup in Sri Lanka.

Rose Stephanie Justin

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Rose Stephanie Justin is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Languages
English Malayalam Sinhala
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Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) News Gathering Journalism
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Skills
Politics Current Affairs Science & Environment
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Aanya Wipulasena

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Aanya Wipulasena is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

You can find out more information on LinkedIn- https://lk.linkedin.com/in/aanya-wipulasena-0b9657170
Languages
English Sinhala
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries News Gathering
+9
Skills
Current Affairs Natural Disasters Media Training
+6

Fidel Fernando

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fidel Fernando is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Selladurai Krishnakumar

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Selladurai KrishnaKumar is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Languages
English Hindi Sinhala
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Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) News Gathering 360 Videography
+2
Skills
Finance Entertainment & Celebrity Food & Drink
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Lahiru Mudalige

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Lahiru Mudalige is a Former Radio Jockey , Video Jockey ,Television Anchor, Music Video Director, Lyrics writer ,Actor, journalist ,travel blogger, Broadcast Radio/television Producer and Fixer based in Colombo Sri-Lanka with more than seventeen years' experience.Starting his career with Read moreSwaranwahini(A leading Television channel in Sri-Lanka) and become an owner of a cable channel  call Hari Tv and  an owner of a audio/video production house  in Sri Lanka.
Apart from that, he was the pioneer in introducing day time musical shows to Sri Lanka with massive crowd.Also, he has been hosted several programs  in many countries such as  USA,UK,Australia ,Dubai, Italy, Qatar and Scotland etc.Moreover he had experienced by hosting TV Shows  in Australian channel  31, London Sky box and  giving interviews for the  BBC World Service radio about the Sri-Lankan Music Industry. As well as recently he has worked with Nine Network Australia and NTV Russia as a fixer.
Languages
English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
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Dhisal Kapuge

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dhisal Kapuge is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Languages
English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Climate Change Fact Checking

Angelo Samarawickrema

Colombo, Sri Lanka
I am Angelo Samarawickrema, a photojournalist/Investigative Journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. My call sign in the Industry is "TheClickmeister or TheOne&OnlyClickmeister."
 Having over 25 years in field experience having covered disaster zones of Colombo and around Sri Lanka both during and Read morepost Civil War which concluded in 2009. Having lived in the Uk for a period of close to ten years, covered many protests and other events from music festivals to street photography which is a passion discovering people and expression of cultures. But upon returning to the Island of Sri Lanka in 2005, has managed to work through humanitarian organisations covering many struggled of both the living conditions and the ongoing political struggled in the Island to its present day being involved in documenting over a month and half of protests and many clashes between the people and the tri forces. 

Angelo is currently based in Colombo and available for assignments within the Island and overseas having a active passport.

His experience covers from both behind the camera and in front of the camera reporting on site during critical stages. I speak two languages fluently and read and write both English and Singhalese and able to adapt to any environment. Am a team player and can work within a team as well.

I have covered events in both corporate and private sector, street documentary plus political crisis to vigils and protests,Film & Theatre and much more and am available for other online assignments as I've covered a few projects for the Guardian in London and also AlJazeera.
Languages
English Sinhala
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop Documentaries
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Skills
Politics Current Affairs Science & Environment
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Tharaka Basnayaka

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Award-winning Photojournalist | trainer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Won 'The Photojournalist of the year' at the top journalism awards ceremony, Journalism Awards for Excellence, Sri Lanka in 2019.

**Breaking News, Extreme Weather and International sports assignments covered for Bloomberg, Read moreNurphoto, Getty Images, Associated Press.

Portfolio - https://tharaka.pictures/portfolio
Published photographs - https://tharaka.pictures/published

**Training and editorial assignments
* USA [Oklahoma] (2012)
* China [Beijing, Lanzhou] (2014)
* United Arab Emirates [Dubai & Abu Dhabi] 2018.

Graduated with Masters Degree ( Executive Master of Science in Mass Communication, Asia e University )
An International Exchange Alumni, in 2012 studied 'New Media Journalism' at University of Oklahoma.
**Won the award for the Best Student(Print) at Sri Lanka College of Journalism.

**2 International Medals for his photography.
(1) Gold Medal at International Salon of Reporter Photography (Life Press Photo) 2015
(2) Silver Medal- 5th International Exhibition of Photography organized under the theme of “Climate Change” 2016
Languages
English Sinhala
Services
Feature Stories Photography 360 Videography
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Skills
Breaking News Fact Checking

Bekshi Rathnayake

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dinitha Rathnayake is a Journalist attached to the News Desk of The Morning newspaper. She started her career in 2005 as a Presenter and News Editor at the MGMR Network Private Limited (Max Radio/Television). Then she joined the Lanka Television Network Pvt Ltd (V FM) in 2008 as a Presenter and Read moreNews Editor. In 2011, she joined Neth FM as an Investigative Journalist and a Deputy Manager - Current Affairs for the Balumgala “The Viewpoint” programme, a show which was rated the number one show by the Lanka Market Research Bureau for several years as the best radio programme in its category, where she became the first female Radio Investigative Journalist in Sri Lanka. She was the best employee of Asset Radio Broadcasting Pvt Ltd, Neth FM in 2015 and the best radio investigative journalist in South Asia in 2016. This was awarded the Inquirer Award by the Thomson Foundation, United Kingdom (UK) which recognizes the work of investigative journalists in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to encourage submissions on investigations on corruption and financial mismanagement. She was one of the five finalists in the MOJOCON competition organized by the Thomson Foundation, UK in 2016 and she went to the UK to study mobile journalism. She has lengthy experience training people about investigative mobile journalism, especially for the broadcast medium. She was also invited as a speaker at the Mojo 2019 Conference held in Ireland in June 2019. She was able to win the South-Asia Laadli Media Award for promoting Gender Sensitivity in 2017. She also worked for Guardian Newspaper, UK. Presently, she is studying for a master’s degree in Sri Lanka. She has done a postgraduate level management course at the European School of Economics in Milan, Italy. Currently, she is working as a Visiting Lecturer at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism. She also contributed as Manager - News and Current Affairs for CNN News in 2020. She believes that investi
Languages
English Hindi Sinhala
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Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+9
Skills
Film & Theatre Entertainment & Celebrity Food & Drink
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Mario Andree

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mario Andree is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Languages
English Sinhala
Services
Feature Stories Content Writing Research
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Skills
Business Finance Investigative Reporting
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Arjuna Ranawana

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arjuna Ranawana  
 

CAREER HISTORY 
 
 
Ceylon Newspapers Pvt, Ltd						2016 Current
Director Editorial
Supervising Editors of CeylonToday Daily and Sunday Newspapers

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation                                                       2015 - 2016
Producer Province Read moreof Alberta 
Supervise and assign staff producing content for Web, Social Media, Radio and TV 
 
Rogers Broadcasting Ltd                                                                             2008 - 2015 
News Manager Omni Television  
Toronto, Ontario                                                                                          2013 - 2015 
Edmonton, Alberta                                                                                      2008 - 2013 
 
 
Sri Lanka College of Journalism – Colombo Sri Lanka                                   2007 - 2008 
Director 

Maharaja Broadcasting Ltd – Colombo Sri Lanka                                                   2006 
Director News 
  
Rogers Broadcasting Ltd – Toronto ON, Canada                                       2003 - 2006 
Anchor/Coordinator, Omni News South Asian Edition 
 

Toronto Star Newspaper – Toronto ON                                                               2003 
Copy Editor Copy-edited news stories on the Universal Desk  
 
Ceylon Daily News – Colombo Sri Lanka                                                 2002 - 2003 
Editor in Chief
 
 
Asiaweek Magazine, a Time-Warner Company                                      1989 - 2001 
Staff Correspondent
Languages
English Sinhala
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) News Gathering
+9
Skills
War Reporter Media Training Investigative Reporting
+2

Damith Wickramasinghe

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Damith Wickramasinghe is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Languages
English
Services
Documentaries Photography 360 Videography
+1
Skills
Technology Natural Disasters Film & Theatre
+9

Edward Uthayathas

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Edward Uthayathas is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Malaka Rodrigo

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Malaka Rodrigo is a journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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