Dawa Gyelmo was born in 1987, and brought up in small Haa district of Bhutan. She completed her high schooling at home town. She was graduated in B.A degree, bilingual in English and dzongkha (Bhutan’s National Language) from Institute of Langauge and Culture studies, Royal University of Bhutan in 2008.
Since young, she lives to travel and always wanted to visit outside countries and learn new things. She wished to work as a travel agent but due to financial problem she couldn’t proceed.
In 2009, she has served as a contract teacher for six-months for the Light Drukyul Program of Education Ministry. In the same year she attended the National Graduate Orientation Program and gave Royal Civil Service Examination.
In 2010 February, Dawa joined a weekly print, The Journalist, as reporter cum translator. Nine months later in 2010 November she joined Kuensel Corporation of Bhutan, the nation’s only daily newpaper that publish in Engish and dzongkha.
In 2011-July, she was appointed as Kuensel’s bureau correspondant for southern Bhutan and in 2012 May, she went to pursue post graduate in Journalism at Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, Tamil Nadu states of India for 10-months. in 2014 she was choosen for short training at Kuwait and in the same year she was selected for ICIMOD reporting fellowship for climate change coverage.
Dawa has more than five years (since 2010 Februrary) of work experience as a journalist/ bureau correspondant covering every beats in both urban cities and rural villages. She writes for English and also contributes for the National language print for Kuensel. She also contributed news articles for The Hindu, Indian based newspaper while studying at ACJ.
Dawa believe in theory of “Success follows hard work”. She is a mother, wife and takes financial responsibility of two sibilings. She is hardworking, determined, aspirant and enjoy her work. Dawa takes journalism as a gift from god to light in a darkness, and help voice for those voiceless and raise forgotten issues through news articles. She takes photography and updates her blog; moon7queen.wordpress.com whenever she gets little time out of her busy journalism job.
While working as a bureua correspondent, she travelled miles on foot meeting rural people covering almost every issue from urban to rural. Her main focus is to cover pressing issues of that are contributing to cliamte change. She has achieved “Reporting fellowship for climate change reporting from ICIMOD, Nepal” in 2014, for which she also covered climate change issues from Bhutan.
She also covers general issues, from judiciary to gender-human interest, migration to unemployment, environment-human-wildlife conflict, land, farming and agriculture, disasters, health-education and even the issues.
Although Journalism is not a recommended profession due to its low-income status, survival, censorship, lack of freedom and not having right to information Act, she reamined determined to survive as an aggressive journalsit.
She believes that it is always wise to study what is important for your society and which contibutes best to the people and enviornment.