Maha Siddiqui is an Indian journalist and anchor. She is known for her prowess in foreign policy and international relations. She gained a huge experience in journalism while working for prominent news channels including DD News, CNN News18, and NDTV.
Maha Siddiqui was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. From 1985 to 1996, she studied at St Agnes’ Loreto High School, Lucknow, and from 1996 to 1998, at La Martiniere Girls’ College, Lucknow. In 2002, she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany Honours at Miranda House College, New Delhi, and in 2003, a PG diploma in English Journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. In 2007, she was bestowed with the Chevening Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism at the Bournemouth University Poole, England. Later, she was selected for a 2-week course on United States Foreign Policy.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 50 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Maha belongs to a Kayastha Muslim family in Lucknow.
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about Siddiqui’s parents and siblings.
Husband & Children
There is not much information about Maha Siddiqui’s marital status.
Maha Siddiqui is a follower of Islam.
— Maha Siddiqui (@SiddiquiMaha) May 25, 2020
In 2003, she started her career as an online senior copy editor at The Times of India, New Delhi. In November 2003, she joined DD News as a correspondent anchor; she worked at DD News for four years. During her sting at DD News, she covered politics, sports, and foreign affairs, and anchored in some prime shows as well.
In January 2008, Maha joined NewsX as a senior correspondent anchor which was a new channel at that time. She shared her experience at NewsX in an interview and said,
I was excited about being part of a team that would help launch a new channel. Unfortunately, the channel saw many ups and downs by way of management changes but nonetheless, it was a risk I was willing to take early in my career. I was suddenly exposed to the fragility of a private news set-up coming from a public broadcaster and by way of personal and professional experience, it did not prove to be a disaster. In fact, it was a great learning.”
In 2010, Maha started working as a senior special correspondent- Anchor at TV Today Network in Noida. She reported on foreign affairs and covered important issues such as the droughts in Maharashtra (2012), the misappropriation of funds in the Bundelkhand package (2013), and elections. She was one of the few women journalists to have reported and anchored live during the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013 under extremely challenging and tense circumstances.
After working for 6 years in India Today, Maha joined CNN News18 as an Editor of Foreign Affairs & Anchor; she hosted a prime-time show World 360 at CNN News18.
In 2022, Siddiqui joined NDTV as a senior editor of foreign affairs & senior anchor where she hosts the programs ‘Left Right and Centre’ and ‘Indian Global’ at NDTV. Maha Siddiqui covered a wide range of important topics, including the Kartarpur Corridor, the SCO Summit 2022, the G20 Summit, and Narendra Modi‘s visit to the in June 2023.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Best in Series award for the programme ‘Where Tears Run Dry’ at the ENBA 2013 awards
- Book: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Film: Dil Wale Dulhania Le Jaenge
- Beverage: Green Tea
- Cartoon: Mickey Mouse
- Colour: Yellow
- Maha Siddiqui is a nature lover and often shares pictures of various plants and flowers on her social media account.
- She is an avid reader. Her favourite genre is political science and history.
- Siddiqui is a feminist. In an interview, she discussed her take on feminism and said,
It’s not anti-man; it’s a fight for a just society.”
- Apart from anchoring, Maha Siddiqui started doing analytical and long-format writing and short videos for the digital format news platform.