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Ravish Kumar
Born (1974-12-05) 5 December 1974 (age 48)
Jitwarpur, East Champaran, Bihar, India
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
Indian Institute of Mass Communication
EmployerNDTV (1994-2022)
SpouseNayana Dasgupta

Ravish Kumar (born 5 December 1974); born as Ravish Kumar Pandey[1][2][3] is an Indian journalist, author and media personality. He was the Senior Executive Editor of NDTV India. He hosted a number of programmes including the channel's flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log, Ravish Ki Report, and Des Ki Baat.

Kumar has twice been conferred with Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Best Journalist of the Year and became the fifth Indian journalist to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2019.[4][5]

Early life and education

Kumar was born on 5 December 1974 in Jitwarpur village near Areraj in East Champaran district of Bihar in a Brahmin family, to Baliram Pandey.[6][7][8] He obtained his high school education from Loyola High School, Patna. Later he moved to Delhi for higher studies. He graduated from Deshbandhu College, affiliated with the University of Delhi. Eventually he enrolled in post-graduate diploma in Hindi Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.[9]


From 1994 to 2022 he was employed by NDTV India, eventually as Senior Director.[10] He hosted a number of programmes including the channel's flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log,[11] Ravish Ki Report[12] and Des Ki Baat.[13]

He has received death threats in the past for his journalism.[14][15][16]

On 30th November 2022, he resigned from NDTV a day after the channel’s founders and promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy resigned as directors on the board of RRPR Holding Private Limited (RRPRH).[17][18] (See also Acquisition by Adani Group.)

Awards and accolades

Ravish Kumar delivering a lecture in New Delhi
Ravish Kumar (visible on stage on the left) speaking during a lecture at University of Chicago Center's Journalism week in New Delhi in 2018.

Kumar has been conferred various awards for his work in journalism including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2019). He has been two times recipients of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award (2017, 2013) for the broadcast category in the Hindi language. The list continues with Gauri Lankesh Award for Journalism, first Kuldip Nayar journalism award (2017), Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature (for 2010, awarded in 2014). He was included in the list of 100 most influential Indians (2016) by The Indian Express and also named journalist of the year by Mumbai Press Club.[19][4][20][21][22][23][5]

Personal life

Kumar is married to Nayana Dasgupta who teaches History at the Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. He has two daughters.[24]


See also


  1. ^ PTI (9 September 2019). "Indian journalist Ravish Kumar receives 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. ^ "जन्मदिन विशेष: कौन हैं और क्या करती हैं रवीश कुमार की पत्नी, जानिए कैसी है लाइफस्टाइल". Jansatta (in Hindi). 5 December 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  3. ^ Puri, Anjali (2 December 2019). "Ravish Kumar: The rooted anchor". Business Standard. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards: Full list of winners". The Indian Express. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b ""Truth Essential To Democracy": Ravish Kumar Receives Magsaysay Award". Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  6. ^ PTI (2 August 2019). "NDTV's Ravish Kumar wins the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". ThePrint. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  7. ^ PTI (2 August 2019). "Journalist Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Know about the elder brother of journalist Ravish Kumar". Jansatta. 16 October 2020.
  9. ^ "दिल्ली में बंगाल की नयना पर दिल हार बैठे थे रवीश कुमार, तमाम मुश्किलों को पार कर रचाई शादी". Jansatta (in Hindi). 4 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  10. ^ "NDTV - The Company". NDTV. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  11. ^ "". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Ravish Ki Report". Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  13. ^ "Des Ki Baat". NDTV. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  14. ^ "NDTV के पत्रकार रवीश कुमार को दी जा रही है जान से मारने की धमकी". NDTVIndia. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  15. ^ "NDTV's Ravish Kumar says the frequency of death threats increased, calls it 'all well organised' - India News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  16. ^ "NDTV's Ravish Kumar says death threats have increased". The Hindu. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Senior journalist Ravish Kumar resigns from NDTV". Indian Express. 30 November 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  18. ^ "Media freedom fears in India after Modi ally Adani buys 29% stake in NDTV". the Guardian. 24 August 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  19. ^ "Kumar, Ravish". Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  20. ^ "First Gauri Lankesh Memorial Award given to senior TV journalist Ravish Kumar - The New Indian Express". New Indian Express. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  21. ^ "President Pranab Mukherjee honours 28 persons for contribution towards Hindi language". The Economic Times. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Kuldip Nayar journalism awards: First winner Ravish Kumar says journalists 'have to rise above flattery of establishment'". The Indian Express. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  23. ^ "#ie100: Narendra Modi to Ravish Kumar, the most powerful Indians". The Indian Express. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  24. ^ Joshi, Namrata (12 October 2015). "The Peace Maker". Outlook. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  25. ^ "Book review - "The Free Voice"". The Hindu. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  26. ^ Ray, Prakash (5 April 2018). "Review: Democracy and Debate in the Time of 'IT Cell'". The Wire. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  27. ^ Kumar, Ravish (1 February 2020). Bolna Hi Hai : Loktantra, Sanskriti Aur Rashtra Ke Bare Mein. Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-93-88933-61-2.
  28. ^ Trivedi, Vikas (19 February 2015). "बुक रिव्यू: 'इश्क में शहर होना' सिखाती हैं टीवी वाले रवीश कुमार की फेसबुक लव कहानियां". Aaj Tak. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  29. ^ "Dekhate Rahiye : Ravish Kumar : 9789380044590". Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  30. ^ "'रवीशपंती' और 'बस इतनी सी थी ये कहानी' का लोकार्पण". Aaj Tak (in Hindi). 16 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  31. ^ Kumar, Ravish (10 September 2018). A City Happens In Love. Translated by Katyal, Akhil. ISBN 9789388326032.

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Preceded by
Senior Executive Editor of NDTV India
Preceded by
Presenter of NDTV India Prime Time