24 September 1963 |
New Delhi, India
|Education||St. John's College, Agra
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute
|Occupation||News Anchor and Managing Editor of NDTV|
|Years active||1997 – present|
|Notable credit(s)||Hum Log, Money Mantra|
Pankaj Pachauri (Hindi: पंकज पचौरी) (born 24 September 1963) is a Indian TV anchor and journalist, and a former contractual employee of the government of India responsible for providing secretarial assistance. Pachauri is mainly associated with NDTV. He was also associated with other international media houses including the BBC, the Department of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. He is a commerce graduate from St. John's College, Agra and studied journalism at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Communication in Lucknow.
He has a few awards such as the 'The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting' in 1989 for his expose on the practice of female infanticide in Rajasthan. He also received the Srikant Verma Award for journalism in 1990. He has worked as a correspondent worldwide.
In January 2012, Pachauri sought and was offered a job as a contractual employee of the government of India responsible, among other things, for providing some secretarial assistance and proof reading speeches. In this capacity, Pachauri attempted to "archive" the outgoing Prime Minister's official Twitter account and ban thousands of twitter accounts for "making fun" of the outgoing Prime Minister - a move immediately overturned by the new government of India. Both moves were flayed by political and liberal commentators and were a reflection of Pachauri's ability in this slight role. It has been generally agreed since then that the farce of a handover (of the Prime Minister's twitter handle to the new government) was one of the clumsiest instances of partisan behaviour by any employee of the outgoing government. As of May 2014, Pachauri's employment with the Government of India stood terminated.