Often referred to as India’s Christiane Amanpour, Barkha is a multi-award winning journalist who has covered wars and political coups with equal panache. Hosts the incredibly popular weekly TV show – ‘We, The People’. A role model for the young, her appeal cuts across all age groups. Barkha has pushed the limits of intrepid news reporting far beyond the conventional.
Education & Career
Born to S P Dutt and Prabha Dutt, a pioneer among women journalists in India, Barkha was educated at Modern School in New Delhi and went on to do her Bachelors in Literature from St. Stephen’s College. An alumnus of Jamia’s Mass Communication Research Center, she also has a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. She was also a winner of the 1997 Inlaks scholarship, which sends six Indians abroad annually for graduate work.
She received wide critical acclaim during her frontline reporting of the Kargil conflict in the summer of 1999. Her daily reports from the front kept the nation enthralled, bringing some of the most momentous events right into our living rooms. Since then the focus of her work has been conflict reporting, covering areas ranging from Kashmir to Afghanistan to New York City.
She is currently the Managing Editor of NDTV, India’s premier news channel.
She writes a weekly column for the Hindustan Times and the Khaleej Times. Some of her writings can also be viewed in the Outlook magazine’s website. She is on the editorial advisory board of cultural online magazine- Cerebration.
Barkha has earned many awards for her unforgettable works in journalism. The most prestigious being the Chameli Devi Jain award, which she earned for her work at Kargil. She won the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in 2001, and the Broadcast Journalism of the year award from the Indian Express in 2005.
Recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award (2008)