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Barkha Dutt

Name Barkha Dutt
Born December 18, 1971
Born / Home Town Delhi
Profession Journalist, TV Anchor

St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia
Columbia University
Barkha Dutt Biography

Barkha Dutt is a journalist and columnist and she is serving as the editor of the English News at New Delhi Television. She became very famous after her reportage of the Kargil War. She has won many awards both national level and international level which includes Padma Shri award. She is writing a column known as Third Eye in The Hindustan Times. She was taped in the 2G lobbying Radia tapes controversy and this scandal is called as Barkhagate.

She was born on 18th December 1971 in New Delhi. Her parents are S. P. Dutt, an officer in Air India and Prabha Dutt, well known journalist who worked in Hindustan Times. Her mother passed away in her prime age due to brain hemorrhage. Barkha has one younger sister Bahar Dutt who is working for CNN IBN TV.

She did her schooling at Modern School, New Delhi and finished her degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College. She attended Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center at New Delhi and received Masters’ degree in Mass Communication. Her journalistic career started with NDTV. She is the chief of the English news wing. She also received Masters’ degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism at New York.

For her coverage of 2004 Tsunami, she was conferred the Padma Shri award by Government of India in 2008. She also received the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award for Journalist of the Year, 2007. She also won Indian Television Academy award for Best Talk Show for five years consecutively. She won Global Leader of Tomorrow Award twice given by the World Economic Forum and Society’s Young Achievers Award.

She became famous after her reporting of Kargil conflict in 1999 that included her interview with the Captain Vikram Batra. This led to the controversy stating that she was compromising the security of the troops by giving away troop locations. Her sensational coverage after the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks led to many criticisms. She was also involved in Nira Radia tape controversy. She denies the allegations against her.

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