Reeta Chakrabarti

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Reeta Chakrabarti
Born Reeta Chakrabarti
(1964-12-12) 12 December 1964 (age 53)
Ealing, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist, Newsreader and Correspondent
Years active 1992–present
Notable credit(s) BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC Weekend News
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live

Reeta Chakrabarti (born 12 December 1964) is a British news journalist, presenter and correspondent for BBC News.

Early life[edit]

Chakrabarti was born in Ealing, London to an Indian Bengali family and was raised in Birmingham, also having spent time in India as a teenager as a student at the Calcutta International School in Kolkata.[1]

She has a degree in English and French from Exeter College, Oxford, where she graduated in 1988, and she also spent a year in France while a student.[2]

Journalism career[edit]

In 1994, Chakrabarti became a reporter for the Breakfast Programme on the newly launched BBC Radio 5 Live.[3] She later became a general news correspondent working on television as well as radio.

In 1997, she became the BBC Community Affairs correspondent, covering the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and also working on Home Affairs.

In 1999 Chakrabarti secured her role as political correspondent for the BBC, working across a range of programmes in television and radio, reporting on politics for BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. In January 2011 she was the education correspondent for BBC News. In May 2014 she was appointed as presenter and reporter on BBC One.

Other work[edit]

Reeta has also chaired and hosted a number of corporate events, including the 2003 and 2004 Educational Television Awards Dinners for the Royal Television Society.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Chakrabarti is married and lives in North London. She has three children. She is a fan of the poet John Keats and chose this as her specialist subject on the BBC television quiz Celebrity Mastermind broadcast on 22 December 2016.[5]

Her interests include patronage of the Naz Project, an HIV/AIDS charity focusing on minority groups affected by the disease, and of the National Mentoring Consortium,[6][7] linking ethnic minority undergraduates with employers in the public and private sectors.

Reeta is a Patron of Pan Intercultural Arts, a UK charity that uses the arts to empower marginalised young people and unlock their potential.[8]


  1. ^ University of East London Archived October 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Chakrabarti, Reeta. "Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture". OpenLearn. The Open University. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Reeta Chakrabarti". 12 September 2005 – via 
  4. ^ "". 
  5. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind 2016/2017, episode 4". 
  6. ^ ,"National Mentoring Consortium". 
  7. ^ ,"National Mentoring Consortium FAQ". 
  8. ^ "Trustees and Patrons". Pan Intercultural Arts. Pan Intercultural Arts. Archived from the original on 2015-07-12. 

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