Prior to joining CNN, Rao worked as a producer and reporter at Hong Kong's Wharf Cable Television and at Channel 7 in Melbourne, Australia. She went on to present and report at Star TV where she won the top prize at the 2004 Amnesty International Human Rights Press Awards. In 2009, she was named Best Current Affairs Presenter at the Asian Television Awards.
Rao was an anchor for CNN International, from January 2006 until August 2011. She presented CNN Asia's morning HKT edition of World Report, where she would frequently presenting the 6 am, 7 am, or 12 pm editions, live from the television network's Asia news headquarters in Hong Kong. She also fronted CNN's flagship chat show TalkAsia, interviewing household names such as Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, A. R. Rahman, Rihanna, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Karl Lagerfeld.
In mid-2011, Rao resigned from CNN. A few days later it was reported that she was "anxious to explore new opportunities in television" and that she wanted to work on lifestyle programming.
Born in Hong Kong, Rao was educated mainly in the UK at Cobham Hall school, Kent, The King's School Canterbury, Kent, and at London's City University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Sociology and Media Studies in c.. Her father was Indian doctor from a Bangalore family but born in Burma. He died at 55. Her mother, Cynthia, is from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia and now lives in the UK.
Rao lives in Camberwell, Melbourne, Australia. She is divorced from graphic designer Brett Gullan, and has one son.
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