Shekhar Gupta (born 26 August 1957) is an Indian journalist who is currently working with Business Standard and pens a weekly column "National Interest" which appears every Saturday. He was earlier the vice chairman of the India Today Group. Until June 2014, he served 19 years as editor-in-chief of the Indian Express. Gupta writes a weekly column called "National Interest" for India Today magazine. His "National Interest" columns for the Indian Express were collected in his 2014 book Anticipating India. He also hosts an interview-based television show Walk the Talk on NDTV 24x7. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2009 for his contribution to journalism.
Shekhar Gupta initially did his schooling for three years (1962–65) in Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Palwal, then in Punjab (one of a chain of junior schools run across the country by RSS, along with Vidya Mandirs for seniors). Shekhar has received assorted awards: the 1985 Inlaks award for young journalist of the year, G. K. Reddy Award for Journalism, the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2009.