Maharaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He worked as a reporter at the Trinidad Express before moving to the United States, where he received a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, as well as a master's degree in law from Yale University. He started his career at the Los Angeles Times as an intern in 1989, subsequently working as a reporter in Los Angeles, Orange County, and East Africa. He won the 2005 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing.
In December 2016, L.A.Magazine published an in-depth report that was a disturbing exposure of Maharaj's methods managing the Los Angeles Times.
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