Rajesh Mirchandani

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Rajesh Mirchandani
Rajesh Mirchandani moderating "Keep Her Safe" event.jpg
Mirchandani in 2013
Nationality British (of Indian descent)
Occupation Correspondent
from the BBC programme From Our Own Correspondent, 16 June 2011.[1]

Rajesh Mirchandani is a former British television journalist. He was previously a Washington, DC correspondent for BBC News but in early 2008 relocated to Los Angeles. He can regularly be seen fronting reports from the US on the BBC's domestic rolling news channel BBC News, BBC World News, BBC One National Bulletins and on BBC Radio. He also periodically presents BBC World News America, from Washington, DC. He also reported from Hollywood on the 2008 Oscars with Susanna Reid a few days before the event itself.


Mirchandani was educated at Bellan House Preparatory School, an independent school in the market town of Oswestry in Shropshire, and Bedstone College, a boarding independent school, which at the time was based in the market town of Ludlow (also in Shropshire), followed by the University of Bristol.

Life and career[edit]

Mirchandani moved from his previous position of Midlands correspondent to Washington in late 2007, after presenting some relief shifts on BBC News earlier in the year, and was one of a group of reporters who travelled the country for the trial run of the BBC One programme The One Show in August 2006.[2] He carried out a variety of unusual tasks for the programme, as well as more serious reports, including bathing in seaweed to investigate possible health benefits.[3] He did not feature in the second run of the show due to his departure to America.

Mirchandani presented the Cafe 21 series made by the BBC Asian Programmes Unit from 1998 in which a group of young people of Asian descent would informally discuss personal and social issues. Mirchandani was co-host for the first 8 months of the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show with Sara Cox, starting March 2000.

Mirchandani resigned from the BBC in October 2014, to become the Senior Director of Communications at the Center for Global Development.[4] He is of Sindhi descent from India.