Chinoy was born and raised in Karachi, received a bachelors degree from Smith College and completed two masters degree from Stanford University. In 2012, she won an Emmy for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban. She has made 13 documentaries on conflict situations.
Previously her journalistic work has won her Broadcast Journalist of the Year award in the UK for The New Apartheid, a series of documentary films about xenophobia in South Africa. She has also won The Overseas Press Club Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Award, The Cine Golden Eagle award and the Banff Rockie Award.