Certifications & Awards
Vikaas was the recipient of the 2016 and 2018 George F. Gruner Awards, both first-place honors for Meritorious Public Service. In 2010, he also received a first-place SPJ National Mark of Excellence Award for editorial writing for two-year college media. In 2018, Vikaas participated in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship, where he learned large-scale data reporting and analysis. He used the skills to analyze obesity rates for every school in California, utilizing physical fitness testing data and performing regression analysis to compare against various markers, such as ethnicity and poverty levels. He also applied his data organizational skills to local investigative journalism, uncovering the obscenely high sugar content in the local school district’s lunches.
Vikaas loves to be involved with his community, and currently sits on the board of his Homeowner’s Association. He also assisted with a Central Valley political campaign, helping to develop and implement social media and web strategies for the candidate. He continues to be passionate about educating and engaging youth media in journalism.
Friendly, intelligent, and observant, the Schnauzer loves to learn and loves to play. Much like Vikaas, Schnauzers can be strong-willed. Still, they are incredibly devoted to those they love, and their good-natured, quiet resilience is coveted among dog breeds (and social media managers).
Vikaas is motivated by logic and loves following a plan to accomplish his goals. His high-C tendencies indicate a love of research and analytics, while his high S shows that he works well with a team. Even though he doesn’t often display his emotions, he is also patient and empathetic, which helps him build relationships with others.