Prabhu Chawla


Prabhu Chawla is one of the most versatile journalists in India, whose expertise spans magazines, newspapers, digital and television. At present he is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Group. Previously he was the Editorial Director of India Today group, and prior to that he was the the Editor of India Today magazine and Executive Editor of The Indian Express.

He studied at the Delhi School of Economics and subsequently taught economics in Delhi University. Considered among India's finest editors and columnists, Chawla is known both for sharp political analysis and investigative reports. He is also an authoritative and motivational public speaker at events organized by international and national academic institutions and Think Tanks to address contemporary politics, society issues, the economy and leadership. He is also a regular speaker at Tedx events. As the host of TV show Seedhi Baat which ran on Aaj Tak channel for seven years, Chawla has interviewed India's rich and famous including political leaders, film icons, corporate leaders and creative personalities.

In 40 years as a reporter and an editor, he has written extensively on events that changed the political course of India and people behind them. Under him India Today achieved its highest ever circulation figures. He also launched the regional editions of India Today magazine in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and oversaw the transition of the magazine from a fortnightly to weekly.

In 2003, Prabhu Chawla was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India. He has also won several national awards including The Hero Honda-Indian Television Academy (ITA) Best Anchor award for Seedhi Baat 2005; TV News Anchor of the year - Telly Awards 2003; TSR Kalapeetham Life Time Achievement Award for 1998; the GK Reddy Memorial Award for investigative reporting and current affairs 1989; and the Feroze Gandhi Memorial Award for excellence in journalism 1985-86.

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