Saturday, April 26, 2014

Top Journalists of India

This question become important when you have to match a journalist with a newspaper/ tv channel in UGC paper. So i am providing a list of important Indian Journalists.

Note:- Don't rely on this list only. Make your own notes and update them seriously.

1. Rajat Sharma is a well known face in the Indian News Industry. He is the founder of the Indian Hindi news channel India TV. He is best known for hosting the show Aap Ki Adaalat and Breaking News. Being in this Industry for a number of years, Rajat Sharma was one of the youngest Editors in the print media at the national level. Rajat Sharma’s journalistic stamina ahs made him immensely successful and his show Aap Ki Adaalat is undoubtedly one of the most respected interview shows ever on Indian television. Rajat Sharma is married to Ritu Dhawan.

2. Barkha Dutt is an eminent Media personality of India. She is a popular Indian TV journalist and columnist. Barkha dutt gained popularity for her reportage of Kargil War. She has bagged many national and international awards. She is honoured with The Padma Shri Award, which is India’s fourth highest civilian honour. She writes a column for The Hindustan Times. She is a group editor with NDTV. Barkha was born in New Delhi on 18 December 1971 and received her education from New Delhi. In 2008, Barkha Dutt received the Indian News Broadcasting Award for the Most Intelligent News Show Host. Her talent and capability makes her one of the most intellgent and prominent Media person in India.

3. Vinod Dua is one of the most widely popular names in India Media today. He has been associated with this Industry since 1974. He was awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008.. He has witnessed the transition of Indian television from Government owned to the multi channel broadcasting industry. Vinod Dua is a famous anchor, political commentator, election analyst, producer and director. He is most prominently known for his very famous show Zaika India Ka on NDTV, in which he travels places and imparts information about the delicacies of different cities, states and countries.

Other notable programs he has anchored include

Tasveer-e-Hind (1997–98) on DD3,
Chunav Chunauti (March, 1998) on Sony Entertainment Television,
Election analysis (1999) on Zee News,
Pratidin and Parakh (2000–2003) on Sahara TV
and Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri (2003) on STAR News

Vinod Dua is presently associated with IBN7 for daily news and analysis, election and budget analysis.

4. Prabhu Chawla is the former editor of language publications in India Today, India’s leading weekly newsmagazine. He is currently the editor-in-cheif of The New Indian Express newspaper in India, it is a Chennai-based english newspaper. Prabhu Chawla was born in 1946 and is better known for his analytical approach and sharp political judgement. He hosts the very popular show “Seedhi Baat”, which is a talk show with celebrity guests. Prabhu Chawla was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government in 2003. He is married and has two sons Ankur and Anubhav. Now Prabhu Chawla hosts a new talk show on ETV called Sachchi Baat.

5. Richa Anirudh is an IBN 7 Television news anchor. She is one of the most prominent faces of Indian Media Industry. She is from New Delhi and She hosts famous show “Zindagi Live” on IBN7. In the year 2004, Richa Anirudh was selected among the 12 best anchors of next generation across Indian news channels by Pitch magazine. She was honored with “Best Anchor’s Award” in 2005 by Ekta Mission. She has earlier worked with Indian News Channel Headlines Today and Channel 7.

6. Pankaj Pachauri is from Lucknow and is a senior TV anchor, associated with NDTV. Currently he hosts many program in NDTV including well known HUM LOG and Money Mantra in NDTV India and NDTV Profit. He is a very eminent journalist and has won many prestigious awards. He was honoured with ‘The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting’ in 1989. He also recieved the Srikant Verma Award for journalism in 1990. He has formerly been associated with international media houses inlcuding BBC, Department of Journalism at Berkeley, University of California. He is currently the Managing Editor of NDTV.

7. Vir Sanghvi is an eminent journalist from Mumbai. He is an Indian print and television journalist, columnist, and talk show host. Vir Sanghvi has a way too long association with the India Media Industry. He was the founder-editor of the Bombay magazine at the age of 23. He later edited Imprint and Sunday magazine. He is also the former editor of Hindustan Times. Currently, he is an Advisor, at HT Media. Vir Sanghvi has hosted a number of shows which include A Question of Answers, Cover Story and Star Talk, Face the Music and One on One. He has also authored a biography of the late Madhavrao Scindia, which was released by Sonia Gandhi in 2009, in Delhi.

8. Prannoy Roy is the founder of NDTV India. He is a popular media journalist and serves as the Executive Chairperson of NDTV. Prannoy is from Kolkata and is married to Radhika Roy, who is popular communist politician Brinda Karat’s sister. Also, popular social activitist and author Arundhati roy is Prannoy’s first cousin. NDTV is India’s leading news and current affairs network today. Prannoy hold a Ph.D in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

9. Rajdeep Sardesai is a popular Indian journalist associated with the Industry for over 15 years. He is an eminent political commentator and news presenter. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network, that includes CNN-IBN, IBN-7 and IBN-Lokmat. He is the former head of the Department of Sociology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is married to Sagarika Ghose, a journalist and fellow senior editor and anchor at CNN-IBN, since 1994. They have two children, son Ishan and daughter Tarini. Rajdeep entered the Television Media Industry in 1994.

10. Arnan Goswami is the News anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now. He is an eminent Indian journalist and is the Editor-in-chief of Times Now. He has a prominent contribution to the rise of Times Now Channel. It was launched in January 2006. Popular shows which he hosts are The Newshour, Frankly Speaking with Arnab. Arnab has recieved a number of awards and has written a book named Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge. He is widely considered to be one of the top four English News TV journalists in India- other three being- Karan Thapar, Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesai.

11. Shereen Bhan is one of the news journalist and anchor on the other hand Delhi Bureau Chief and Executive Editor of CNBC- TV 18. She started her career as news resercher with Karan Thapar. Shereen with her beauty and unique style of anchoring made her popular in this field. She has worked with UTV as an Associate Producer and currently working with CNBC-TV 18. She has also produced some of the famous shows such as ”We The People” and ”Line of Fire”. She has been felicitated as ”FICCI Woman of the year 2005″.

12. Shekhar Gupta is one of the most leading journalist which later led him to become Editor-in-chief of leading newspaper The Indian Express. His 33 year record in Indian journalism credit him with some of the most important news break of the indian journalism. He joined Indian Express as a reporter and since then make this foundation fearless, fair and independent.He has covered some of the most courageous news stories such as north-east insurgency and US terrorist attack and many more. He has weekly column ”National Interest” which is the subject of his forthcoming book which covers various issues.

13. Sagarika Ghose is one of the most noted journalist who has been working in this field since two decades. She has been working since 1991 with some of the most prestigious publications The Outlook Magazine as well as news channels such as Times of India and The Indian Express. Currently she is working as Deputy Editor and Prime time anchor on famous news network CNN-IBN. Being a part of doing extensive reporting on elections and features stories, she started her show ‘’Face the Nation’’ from which she got award for best presented news show.

14. Suzanna Arundhati Roy(born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author and political activist who is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction-winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in human rights and environmental causes. Roy's novel became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author.Roy is a cousin of prominent media personality Prannoy Roy, the head of the leading Indian TV media group NDTV.[Since the success of her novel, Roy has written a television serial, The Banyan Tree, and the documentary DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy (2002).

15. Deepak Chaurasia is a controversial Indian journalist and Hindi-language news anchor for India News. He is the host of Tonight with Deepak Chaurasia. Deepak cofounded Aaj Tak. In 2003 he joined DD News as a consulting editor. He returned to Aaj Tak in July 2004. Aaj Tak is a leading Hindi current affairs channel from the TV Today Network. He later joined STAR News which became ABP News. Deepak joined India News in the capacity of editor-in-chief in January 2013.

16. Karan Thapar is an Indian journalist and a television commentator and interviewer. He was associated with CNN-IBN and hosted The Devil's Advocate and The Last Word. He is currently associated with Headlines Today and hosts the show To the Point.He began his career in journalism with The Times in Lagos, Nigeria and later worked as their Leader Writer on the Indian subcontinent till 1981. In 1982 he joined London Weekend Television where he worked for the next 11 years. He then moved to India where he worked with The Hindustan Times Television Group, Home TV and United Television before setting up his own production house in August 2001, Infotainment Television, which makes programmes for amongst others BBC, Doordarshan and Channel News Asia.

Currently the President of Infotainment Television, Thapar is noted for his aggressive interviews with leading politicians and celebrities- his interviews with cricketer Kapil Dev, Narendra Modi, George Fernandes, J. Jayalalithaa, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, General Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, Arun Jaitley, Ram Jethmalani, U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and The Dalai Lama are particularly well remembered.

In April 2014, Thapar quit CNN-IBN to join Headlines Today. He hosts the new show of the Chanel titled To the Point whose pilot episode run on 1 April 2014.

17. Ravish Kumar is an Indian TV anchor and journalist. He hosts many program in NDTV including the well known 'Prime Time','Hum Log' and 'Ravish Ki Report. He was honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year 2013 (Broadcast).He has also won the Indian news television award 2014 for Best News anchor(Hindi).

18. Rahul Kanwal is an anchor of an Indian news channel Headlines Today and Aaj Tak. In 2007, he became the youngest person to head a news channel in India when he replaced outgoing director S. Srinivasan.He began his career with Zee News, and was the youngest correspondent for that channel.Rahul Kanwal has keen interest in political and strategic affairs.

Below is the list of some other popular journalists. These are not so much important but can't be neglected.

Alfred D'Cruz, the first Indian sub-editor of The Times of India, Mumbai in 1947, when Britishers Sir Francis Low was the Editor and Claude Scott was the News Editor. Editor of The Times of India Directory & Yearbook 1984. Co-author of 'Saligao: Focus on a Picturesque Goan Village'. Awarded posthumously the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journalist Association of India in 2012 and the Laxmidas Borkar Memorial Award in 2013.

V. K. Hamzah Abbas, an editor of the award-winning, Malayalam-language newspaper Madhyamam Daily.

M. J. Akbar, Mobashar Jawed Akbar, (11 January 1951- ) an English-language journalist and editor-in-chief for the The Sunday Guardian and Deccan Chronicle (Hyderabad).

Javed Anand, an alternative journalist, co-founder of Sabrang Communications, and co-editor of Communalism Combat, who is married to journalist Teesta Setalvad. The couple shared the Maharana Mewar Foundation's Hakim Khan Sur Award in 1999.

Dakshinaranjan Basu, a journalist from Kolkata (The namesake of the Dakshinaranjan Basu Memorial Award).

Praful Bidwai, a journalist and activist against nuclear armaments, a past recipient of the C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award, who along with Achin Vanaik won the 2000 Sean McBride Peace Prize.

Vikram Chandra (NDTV) (7 January 1967- ), a journalist, anchor, and group CEO at NDTV, and his mother is former journalist Nandini Chandra.

Amitabha Chowdhury, winner of the 1961 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism.

Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor of the Indian daily Tehelka. She has won Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for print journalism in 2007, the Chameli Devi Award in 2009, and the Mumbai Press Club Award for Political Writing in 2012 on Soni Sori titled, ‘The Inconvenient Truth of Soni Sori’.

Sucheta Dalal, an influential female columnist, who is the winner of the civilian award Padma Shri in 2006.

Swapan Dasgupta (3 September 1955- ), a senior editor at multiple major newspapers in India and TV personality.

Jyotirmoy Dey, an investigative journalist who was murdered 11 June 2011 and posthumously awarded the Prem Bhatia Award in 2011 for political reporter of the year, which he shared with Josy Joseph.

Bahar Dutt, an environmental and wildlife journalist and editor for CNN-IBN Live and winner of multiple awards, including the 2006 Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in environmental reporting, as well as sister of Barkha Dutt

T. J. S. George (7 May 1928- ), who is a past recipient of the C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award.

Ramnath Goenka Founder of India Express Group and publisher of the English-language The Indian Express, Hindi-language Jansatta, and Marathi-language Loksatta.

Gour Kishore Ghosh,winner of the 1981 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

Santosh Kumar Ghosh, an award-winning Bengali journalist and editor of Anandabazar Patrika (The namesake of the "Santosh Kumar Ghosh Memorial Award").

Barjinder Singh Hamdard Editor-in-chief of the largest selling Punjabi-language newspaper, Daily Ajit, from Jalandhar.

R. Jagannathan Editor-in-Chief of FirstPost and business journalist.

Yusuf Jameel, Kashmiri, winner of the 1996 CPJ International Press Freedom Award
Josy Joseph, Ramnath Goenka Journalist of the Year (print) Award Winner and Prem Bhatia Award Winner.

Kalki Krishnamurthy, a well-known Tamil editor, columnist and the founder of Kalki magazine.

R. K. Laxman, winner of the 1984 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

Ashok Malik a former editor for English-language newsapper The Pioneer and current editor for Niti Central.

Annamma Mathew (22 March 1922 – 10 July 2003), chief editor of the Malayalam-language Vanitha women's magazine for Malayala Manorama and wife of K. M. Mathew.

K. M. Mathew (2 January 1917 – 1 August 2010), known as the chief editor of Malayala Manorama, which has the largest cirulation of any Malayalam-language newspaper, and husband of Annamma Mathew.

Udayan Mukherjee 2012, Ramnath Goenka Awards and he is Managing Editor for CNBC India.

S. Jayachandran Nair, editor of the Malayalam journal Samakalika Malayalam Vaarika, who is a past recipient of the C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award.

A G Noorani (16 September 1930- ), a columnist, as well as a historian and lawyer, who is a past recipient of the C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award.

Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, or Mrs. Y. G. P., (8 November 1925- ), who was a 2010 Padma Shri civilian award recipient.

Nanasaheb Parulekar (September 20, 1898 – January 8, 1973), a founder of Marathi-language newspaper Sakal and chairman of the Press Trust of India, a news agency.

N. P. Rajendran, an award-winning editor of Mathrubhumiand Malayalam-language journalist.

Nidhi Razdan, recipient of the 2007 Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Dr. Prannoy Roy ("Father of Television Journalism in India").

Palagummi Sainath, winner of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

Niranjan Sengupta, a former president of the National Union of Journalist (India) (Namesake of the "Niranjan Sengupta Memorial Award").

Teesta Setalvad, an award-winning alternative journalist and human rights activist, co-founder of Sabrang Communications, and co-editor of Communalism Combat.

Arun Shourie, is a World Press Freedom hero and winner of the 1982 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

Samban R, Award winning journalist based in Kerala. Winner of several awards inclding Press Council of India Award for rural journalism and Cushrow Irani Prize for environmental reporting.

Madhu Trehan is the co-founder of India Today.

Boobli George Verghese, winner of the 1975 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

If someone is left behind then comment below.I will update it.


  1. well..sir..i would like you to add more important journalist such as Deepak Chaurasia, Karan Thapar, Ravish Kumar and Rahul Kanwal. They are one of the top journalist and has won many awards.

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