Barkha Dutt – An Inspirational Career Story

Introduction :

Barkha Dutt, the best-known face of NDTV, has attained iconic status as a reporter. 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.



BA,St.Stephen’s,Delhi,Master’s in Mass Comm,Jamia Millia,Master’s in journalism from Columbia University


  • Commonwealth Broadcasters Award for Journalist
  • Society’s Young Achievers Award
  • Chameli Devi award for the best woman journalist
  • Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Indian Express
  • Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards
  • 2008,Padma Shri
  • Indian News Broadcasting Award for the Most Intelligent News Show Host
  • Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum
  • Her Sunday talk show has won the Indian Television Academy award for Best Talk Show five years in a row

Career :

  • As a journalist, Dutt began her career at NDTV when it was a TV production house creating news programmes and providing content to Star TV. Later, NDTV created its own independent news and content channels, and Barkha Dutt rose to be its Managing Editor for English News
  • Dutt’s reporting of the Kargil conflict in 1999, including an interview with Captain Vikram Batra, brought her to prominence in India.
  • She has since covered conflicts in Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • She writes a weekly column, Third Eye for the Hindustan Times, as well as a weekly opinion piece for the Khaleej Times. She is the host of the television talk show, We the People.
  • She is currently Group Editor-English News.

Career As a Reporter

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Determination :

Barkha Dutt has been a stubborn journalist doing strange things to get the newsbyte, from waiting outside politician homes and traffic signals to sitting on the roof of a car to get the statement of a Pakistani Spy. Barkha Dutt has a gritty determination of getting the news whatever it takes.

Dare to be Different :

Barkha Dutts defining moment was her coverage of the Kargil War. While many a journalist irrespective of gender may have feared for their life and preferred a milder assignment, Barkha Dutt has shown great grit and courage to be at the war front and in the line of fire covering the news. No wonder she is today touted as Indian Christiane Amanpour.

Advice to Aspiring Media Journalist :

Barkha Dutt was quoted stating the following advice “Many are joining TV simply to be in front of the camera. So I say to young people: come if you love news, if you have curiosity and if you seek adventure because it’s not an easy job; you would have to go without food, water, even bathing for days!”