Top Faces of Indian Journalism and their Alma mater
Updated on May 15, 2017 - 10:35 a.m. IST by Urvashi Dalal

News is a need to us. We check it through mediums like broadcast or even internet to keep ourselves updated with all the daily events and happenings around the world. But besides news, what we see are the faces that deliver news to us. The passion and fervour of Journalists not only present the news but also share the intense ground realities and analysis of what’s good and bad without being partial. Careers360 here showcases Top Faces of Indian Journalism and their Alma mater that have made news a need to us.


Covering impeccable stories and bringing it to the audiences have made Journalists a part of our lives. We not only remember the historic events like, Mumbai terror attacks, the launch of the satellite Mangalayan, or the Tata Jaguar-Landrover takeover, but also those journalists that bring us these stories and how they have become a part of our lives in doing so. Some of the top faces of Indian Journalism are,


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Arnab Goswami1. Arnab Goswami


The face of Times Now until he resigned and started his venture, Republic, Arnab Goswami is one of the leading faces of what today Indian Journalism is. Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now anchored live debate, Newshour and Frankly Speaking with Arnab.


His programmes have featured personalities such as Benazir Bhutto, former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, retired head of state of the Tibetan Government in Exile Dalai Lama, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Arnab was also the first to interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office in 2014. However, many commentators have criticised Goswami for his style of TV panel discussion. He has been awarded Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (TV), among others.


Education: Hindu College, Delhi University

Oxford University

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University


Rajdeep Sardesai2. Rajdeep Sardesai


The face of CNN-IBN, Rajdeep Sardesai, started his journalistic stint in the late 80’s with The Times Group. He marked his entry in broadcast journalism in 1994 as a Political Editor with NDTV. Rajdeep Sardesai has won several awards including the ATA (Asian Television Awards) in 2003 and 2004, Best News Anchor Award at the Indian Television Awards (ITA) 2003 and 2004, Impact Person of the Year Award (2006), among others.


Education: St. Xavier’s College

Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar


Vikram Chandra


 3. Vikram Chandra


Currently a Consulting Editor and CEO with NDTV, Vikram Chandra has covered from war zones to latest gizmos. As the anchor of NDTV’s show The Big Fight, Chandra has interviewed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2006, Bill Gates in 2012, Rupert Murdoch, and Tim Cook, May 2016, during the latter's visit to India. His exemplary work has won him laurels in India and all over the world.


Education: St. Stephen’s College

Oxford on an Inlaks Scholarship

Stanford University


Shereen Bhan4. Shereen Bhan


Shereen Bhan is the Delhi Bureau Chief and Executive Editor of CNBC-TV18 and has interviewed the who’s who of Indian business. She joined CNBC TV18 over five years ago and practically redefined the term ‘anchoring’. She is frequently seen on shows such as India Business Hour, Power Turks, Young Turks and The Good Life Show. She was recently named ‘FICCI Woman of the Year 2005’.


Education: St.Stephen’s College


Karan Thapar


5. Karan Thapar


He was associated with CNN-IBN and hosted The Devil's Advocate and The Last Word. He is currently associated with India Today and hosts the shows To the Point and Nothing But The Truth. He is the first person to win both the awards in the Current Affairs category, The Best Current Affairs Program (Court Martial) and The Best Current Affairs Presenter (Face to Face) at the Asian Television Awards, 2003. I



Education: Cambridge University

Doctorate from Oxford University


Prannoy Roy6. Prannoy Roy


Roy started his career with television coverage of India's general elections. On Doordarshan, he hosted news programmes The News Tonight and The World This Week, which were nominated as one of India's five best television programmes since independence. He also started India's first 24-hour English news channel NDTV 24x7 and is presently the co-founder and executive co-chairperson of NDTV.


Education: Queen Mary University of London

Delhi University and ICFAI


Mini Menon7. Mini Menon


Executive Editor with Bloomberg UTV, Mini Menon was a Femina Miss India winner back in 1996. At Bloomberg TV India, Mini did a popular series, "Inside India's Best Known Companies", where she interviewed India's leading businessmen and CEOs. She also led feature programming and had been responsible for creating cutting edge shows like "The Pitch" and "Assignment" and award-winning documentaries like "In Focus".


Education: St. Stephen’s College


Barkha Dutt8. Barkha Dutt


Her coverage of the Kargil war in 1999 sky-rocketed her career. One of the most well-known journalists in India, she has been associated with NDTV where she has been given opportunities to cover events in conflicting places like Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.


She was awarded the Padma Shri, among the country’s highest civilian honours. Her dedicated work has fetched her several awards and felicitations including, The Inlaks Scholarship in 1997, Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award (2005–2006), The Chameli Devi Award for the Best Woman Journalist, The Kostas Kyriazis – Greece’s most prestigious journalism award among others.


Education: St. Stephen’s College

Jamia Milia Islamia University

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


Rahul Kanwar 9. Rahul Kanwar


He is the face that launches a million debates every single evening on India Today Television. From the biggest political talking point to the issue that threatens to create a social divide, he brings perspectives to all sides of a story. Currently, he hosts Newsroom and Centrestage.


Education: Delhi University

Cardiff University


Nidhi Razdan10. Nidhi Razdan


A former recipient of the Asian Television Award for Highly Recommended Journalism, Nidhi is an expert in foreign Affairs and Kashmiri Politics and is currently with NDTV. She covers politics with special emphasis on Kashmir and her USP is her ability to stay calm even during Breaking News.


Education: IIMC Delhi



Besides these, there are many others like, Sagarika Ghose-Sardesai, Anuradha Sengupta, Ravish Kumar, Rajat Sharma who have contributed to Indian Journalism with their groundbreaking thought provoking stories and features.


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