a writer and freelance journalist from Indonesia who is also a Fulbright alumni. She completes her Master of Arts in Professional Journalism (specializing in data visualization for in-depth multimedia reporting) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her specialized post-degree certification program in Computational Journalism (Lede fellow) at Columbia University, United States of America. Her study focuses on data visualization, mapping and creative writing (minor). 

Upon coming to Indonesia after studying at the end of October last year, she won a grant from the US State Affairs department under the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta to hold data-driven journalism workshops in three provinces in Indonesia, including Central Sulawesi, Banda Aceh and West Sumatra collaborated with Journocoders Indonesia. On January, she received an Ottaway scholarship to attend data journalism bootcamp hosted by the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). 

For my data visualization project, check GitHub: kandilysnc I For my CV, check UTAMICV I For my maps projects, check MAPS I Sample of my short stories collection, check STORIES I Sample of my project, check Nebraskanewstnet

Projects? Ideas to discuss? Text to +628111733376 or WhatsApp +1 402-580-5782 I Email utamid.kusumawati@gmail.com


Prior to this, she has worked as a journalist in some media like CNNIndonesia.com, The Jakarta Post, Jurnal National (National Journal), and Dewi Magazine.  She has so far published several books, including a collaboration novel LENKA by Banana Publishing,  short stories compilation  Perkara Mengirim Senja as well as Biography of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X (Federasi Teater Indonesia).

Besides writing, she translated some works, such as Something Blue by Melanie Griffin (Esensi Publishing), Sweet Stuff by Donna Kauffman (Esensi Pub.), Learning Shapes by Kathy Charner (Esensi Pub.), Blue Economy by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, and exhibition catalogues of Bentara Budaya Jakarta.

Meanwhile, she edited some well-known books such as Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times by Stephen R. Covey (Dunamis Consulting, Indonesian version) and Real English for Senior High School students (for Indonesian students) by Peter James.

She has contributed articles and opinions to several media and community, including The Jakarta Post, Garuda Colours Inflight Magazine, Sarasvati Art Magazine,  Esquire Indonesia, Yayasan Kelola and Komunitas Seni Salihara

During her stint as a journalist, she has been stationed to several posts including the Presidential Palace, Jakarta Regional Metro Police Headquarter, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, National Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Women, National Commission on Children, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Tourism.

Her articles ranging from Rohingya refugee, human rights violence on Papua, violence on women and children, education, forest fire and environmental issue, street children and social problems, migrant workers, women and narcotics, and many more.


She loves traveling so much as she loves writing, mapping, swimming, and hiking. She has explored Banda Aceh, Padang, Batusangkar, and Riau in Sumatra island; Cirebon, Bandung, Purwakarta, Sukabumi, Garut in West Java;  Kebumen, Semarang, Brebes, Tegal, Slawi, Magelang, Klaten, and Solo in Central Java; Yogyakarta; Surabaya, Batu Malang, Kediri in East Java; Balikpapan and Samarinda in East Borneo; Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara; Bali; Manado in North Sulawesi; Makassar in South Sulawesi; Wakatobi-Gilis-Buton islands; Poso and Palu in Central Sulawesi; Bangkok in Thailand; Siem Reap in Cambodia; Singapore; Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam; Manhattan-Brooklyn-Bronx-Long Island-Queens Boroughs in New York City; Washington DC; Los Angeles and San Francisco in California; Chicago and Urbana-Champaign in Illinois; Denver-Rocky Mountains- Red Rock – Appalachian Trail – Boulder in Colorado; Fayetteville in Arkansas; Lincoln-Ashland-Omaha in Nebraska; Laramie in Wyoming, Columbia in Missouri, and many more. These travelings provide her with a lot of insights and views on how to see culture, people, nature and life differently.

And most importantly, writing… is one of the significant things that paves the way to the existence of the magical realm in her happy-go-lucky world. 





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