Profile of Barkha Dutt

Anchor & reporter, Star News

BARKHA DUTT, a SAJAer who now lives in India, works as a reporter and anchor for New Delhi Television, the country's biggest private TV company (which is owned by broadcast pioneer Prannoy Roy). She currently anchors the 9 p.m. daily news bulletin and co-anchors "Newshour," an hour-long analysis and discussion program for STAR TV, the Asian satellite channel. In the summer of 1999, Barkha became one of the best-known journalists in the country because of her work during the Kargil War, India's first "televised conflict." Her daily reports from the front kept the nation in thrall as this "Indian Christiane Amanpour" brought the war home.

Her work earned her four journalism awards and she was the subject of numerous positive reviews in the press. Previously, she has covered everything from politics to India-Pakistan negotiations. She has also interviewed prime ministers, Nobel Prize winners and other newsmakers.

She has reported from various cities and villages across India and has also filed stories from New York City. She has a bachelor's in English literature from St. Stephen's College, Delhi; a master's in mass communications from Jamia Milia Islamia's Mass Communications Research Center, Delhi; and a master's in journalism from Columbia University, New York.

She was a 1997 winner of the Inlaks Scholarship, which sends six Indians abroad annually for graduate work. Articles on Barkha... Indian Express review IPCS review -30- SAJA Home | Profiles | Senior SAJAers