Barkha Dutt was born on 18 December 1971 (age 48 years; as in 2019). Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. She had done her schooling from the Modern School New Delhi. She then went on to pursue her graduation in English Literature from St. Stephens College New Delhi and Masters in Mass Communication from the Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center New Delhi. She then went to New York to get her Masters Degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
She joined NDTV in 1994 and reported on many important stories. The turning point of her career was when she was sent to Kargil to report on the Kargil War of 1991; she was appreciated nationwide for her style of reporting and she became instantly popular.
Height: 5′ 4″
Weight: 65 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
She belongs to a Brahmin family. Her father, S.P. Dutt, was an Air India official, and her mother, Prabha Dutt, was a famous journalist with the Hindustan Times. She has a sister, Bahar Dutt, who’s the Environmental Editor for CNN IBN. Barkha Dutt has been married twice, but both the marriages did not last long and ended up in divorce.
Barkha Dutt joined NDTV right after college at the age of 21. She has been a reporter at NDTV and has covered many important stories of National importance. In 1999, she was sent to cover the Kargil War.
During that time, she started getting attention from all over India. She even interviewed Kargil War Hero, Captain Vikram Batra. She met him after Vikram Batra’s Unit had successfully captured Peak 5140 in the Drass region.
In 2001, she was given the opportunity to host her own talk show, she thought of the idea and execution and on 4 February 2001, the first episode of “We The People” was aired. The show was a success, and it aired for 16 years.
On 15 January 2015, she announced on Twitter that she was leaving NDTV after 21 years to explore new opportunities.
Its been a super ride at NDTV but new beginning in 2017. I shall be moving on from NDTV to explore new opportunities & my own ventures! 2/4
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 15, 2017
In 2017, Barkha Dutt, along with renowned journalist Shekhar Gupta, announced together on Twitter that they’ll be starting their own digital media company. Although Shekhar Gupta started The Print, Barkha was not seen in the working of The Print, her name was not on the company records as the Director, and after 6 months, her name was even dropped as a co-founder from the company’s official website.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 7, 2016
In January 2019, Harvest TV, which is backed by Kapil Sibal, announced that it has roped in Karan Thapar and Barkha Dutt for its upcoming news channel Tiranga TV. She now hosts a primetime show Democracy Live.
- Journalist of the Year Award at The Ramnath Goenka Awards in 2005
- Best TV News Anchor (English) at Indian News Television Awards, 2007
- Chameli Devi Award for the Outstanding Women Media Person of 2008
- Journalist of the Year Award by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association
- Most Intelligent News Show Host Award by Indian News Broadcasting in 2008
- Honoured with the Padma Shri in 2008 by the Manmohan Singh Government in 2008
- The C.H. Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award in 2009
- The Personality of the Year Award by The Association for International Broadcasting in 2012
- In 2002, she was accused by the Press Trust of India of violating its guidelines and stating that the victims of the Gujarat Riots were Hindus and Muslims.
- During the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks, Barkha Dutt and many other journalists were accused of reporting live and revealing the positions and hideouts of the armed forces.
- In November 2010, during the 2G Scandal, the Radia Tapes Controversy emerged. Barkha Dutt’s conversations with Niira Radia were also revealed, this caused her to be in the middle of the Radia Tapes Controversy. She later apologised for the whole issue.
- On 27 July 2016, she tweeted about Arnab Goswami that she was ashamed to be in the same field as his. She tweeted this in response to Arnab’s statement in his show, Newshour, that there should be strict action against the “pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan” journalists. Barkha Dutt received criticism for her tweet as Arnab did not mention her name and neither did he allow anyone else on his show to mention anyone’s name.
- In December 2015, she launched her book, This Unquiet Land: Stories from India’s Fault Lines. In the book, she has mentioned the war locations and the people living around these areas.
- Barkha is a huge fan of the famous American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey.