Ravish Kumar
Kumar receiving 12th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award in New Delhi, 2017.
Born (1974-12-05) 5 December 1974 (age 49)
Jitwarpur, East Champaran, Bihar, India
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
Indian Institute of Mass Communication
EmployerNDTV (1994–2022)
SpouseNayana Dasgupta

Ravish Kumar (born Ravish Kumar Pandey; 5 December 1974)[1][2] 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6][7]

Early life and education

Kumar was born on 5 December 1974 in Jitwarpur village in East Champaran district of Bihar,[8][9] to Baliram Pandey and Yashoda Pandey.[citation needed] 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.[10]


From 1994 to 2022, he was employed by NDTV India, eventually as Senior Director.[11] He hosted several programmes including the channel's flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log,[12] Ravish Ki Report[13] and Des Ki Baat.[14]

He has received death threats in the past for his journalism.[15][16][17]

On 30 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).[18][19] (See also Acquisition by Adani Group.)

Since 2022, he runs his news channel on YouTube.[20][21]

Kumar was the subject of the 2023 documentary While We Watched directed by Vinay Shukla.[22]

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 recipient 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.[23][6][24][25][26][27][7]

Kumar was awarded the Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression for his critical and independent journalism in India by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 2023.[28]

Personal life

Kumar is married to Nayana Dasgupta who teaches history at the Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. He has two daughters.[29]


See also


  1. ^ "NDTV's Ravish Kumar wins the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". ThePrint. PTI. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. ^ PTI (2 August 2019). "Journalist Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "7 साल डेटिंग करने के बाद रवीश और नयना ने की थीं शादी, जानें कौन हैं और क्या करती हैं रवीश कुमार की पत्नी". Jansatta (in Hindi). 5 December 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  5. ^ Puri, Anjali (2 December 2019). "Ravish Kumar: The rooted anchor". Business Standard. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards: Full list of winners". The Indian Express. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b ""Truth Essential To Democracy": Ravish Kumar Receives Magsaysay Award". NDTV.com. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  8. ^ PTI (2 August 2019). "NDTV's Ravish Kumar wins the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". ThePrint. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  9. ^ PTI (2 August 2019). "Journalist Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  10. ^ "दिल्ली में बंगाल की नयना पर दिल हार बैठे थे रवीश कुमार, तमाम मुश्क़िलों को पार कर रचाई शादी". Jansatta (in Hindi). 4 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  11. ^ "NDTV - The Company". NDTV. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  12. ^ "NDTV.com". www.ndtv.com. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Ravish Ki Report". www.ndtv.com. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  14. ^ "Des Ki Baat". NDTV. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  15. ^ "NDTV के पत्रकार रवीश कुमार को दी जा रही है जान से मारने की धमक़ी". NDTVIndia. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  16. ^ "NDTV's Ravish Kumar says the frequency of death threats increased, calls it 'all well organised'". Firstpost. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  17. ^ "NDTV's Ravish Kumar says death threats have increased". The Hindu. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Senior journalist Ravish Kumar resigns from NDTV". Indian Express. 30 November 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  19. ^ "Media freedom fears in India after Modi ally Adani buys 29% stake in NDTV". The Guardian. 24 August 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  20. ^ "Adani's NDTV Takeover: Ravish Kumar launches YouTube channel after resignation, says 'Road ahead is not fixed but his courage is'; watch". Free Press Journal. 1 December 2022. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  21. ^ "Ravish Kumar Official". YouTube. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  22. ^ Girish, Devika (20 July 2023). "'While We Watched' Review: A Lament and a Battle Cry". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  23. ^ "Kumar, Ravish". www.rmaward.asia. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ "President Pranab Mukherjee honours 28 persons for contribution towards Hindi language". The Economic Times. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "#ie100: Narendra Modi to Ravish Kumar, the most powerful Indians". The Indian Express. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  28. ^ "Author Jennifer Clement and journalist Ravish Kumar receive Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression". Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 3 May 2023. Retrieved 5 May 2023.
  29. ^ Joshi, Namrata (12 October 2015). "The Peace Maker". Outlook. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  30. ^ Raman, Anuradha (24 May 2018). "Book review - "The Free Voice"". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 June 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  31. ^ Ray, Prakash K. (5 April 2018). "Review: Democracy and Debate in the Time of 'IT Cell'". The Wire. Archived from the original on 17 June 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  32. ^ Kumar, Ravish (1 February 2020). Bolna Hi Hai: Loktantra, Sanskriti Aur Rashtra Ke Bare Mein. Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-93-88933-61-2.
  33. ^ Trivedi, Vikas (19 February 2015). "बुक रिव्यू: 'इश्क़ में शहर होना' सिखाती हैं टीवी वाले रवीश कुमार की फ़ेसबुक लव कहानियां". Aaj Tak. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  34. ^ "Dekhate Rahiye : Ravish Kumar : 9789380044590". www.bookdepository.com. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  35. ^ "'रवीशपंती' और 'बस इतनी सी थी ये कहानी' का लोकार्पण". Aaj Tak (in Hindi). 16 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  36. ^ Kumar, Ravish (10 September 2018). A City Happens In Love. Translated by Katyal, Akhil. Speaking Tiger. ISBN 9789388326032.
Media offices Preceded by- Senior Executive Editor of NDTV India –present Incumbent Preceded by- Presenter of NDTV India Prime Time –present