Before starting his stint at The Times of India, the country’s largest circulated English daily, Sudhakar was the bureau chief for Andhra Pradesh at Deccan Chronicle (DC), Hyderabad.

At DC, he headed a 32-member reporting team of correspondents and photo journalists in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. As a seasoned reporter, he covered a range of topics including crime, politics and environment.

He was the topper at Eenadu Journalism School in 1997, and soon after started writing for Eenadu newspaper, the then highest-selling Telugu daily. He continued his work there for three years as a sub-editor-cum-staff reporter.

His bachelor’s degrees in microbiology, biochemistry and aquaculture from Acharya Nagarjuna University and BA(LLB) from Osmania University have helped him give his readers a better understanding of environmental and legal issues.

Sudhakar’s stories have been pivotal in driving social change and justice in the two Telugu states. His reportage, including the killing of girl children in Telangana and the plight of manual scavengers in Hyderabad revealed the gap between policy implementation and ground reality and influenced policymakers to draft regulations that would narrow down this gulf.

The stories he reported have created significant changes in society, triggering social impact and have even led to the arrest of corrupt officials and politicians.