Shalu Mehta is a lead reporter for The Discourse and is passionate about community-driven, solutions-focused journalism. She is an immigrant settler living on lək̓ʷəŋən territory, outside of Victoria, B.C., though her work covers the lands of many Coast Salish nations. She has spent the last few months learning about and reporting on Indigenous-led conservation and has plans to dig into water-related issues in the Cowichan Valley, next. Previously, Mehta worked at daily news outlets in Ontario and on Vancouver Island. She received her Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University and Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature and Culture, as well as a Certificate in Theatre Arts, from Western University.