Barkha Dutt is an Indian TV journalist and columnist. She is currently the Group Editor, English News at New Delhi Television.
Dutt gained prominence for her reportage of the Kargil War. She has won many national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour. She writes a column for The Hindustan Times, called "Third Eye." In 2010 she was one of the journalists taped in the 2G lobbying Radia tapes controversy.
Barkha Dutt was born in New Delhi to her father, S.P.Dutt, an official in Air India and Prabha Dutt who was a well-known journalist with the Hindustan Times. Barkha credits her journalism skills to her mother, Prabha, a pioneer among women journalists in India. Prabha Dutt died in 1984, when she was in her prime, due to a brain haemorrhage. Barkha's younger sister Bahar Dutt is also a T.V. journalist working for CNN IBN
Barkha studied in Modern School, New Delhi and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi with a degree in English literature. She received a Master's in Mass Communications from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center, New Delhi. She started her journalistic career with NDTV and later rose to head the English news wing of the organization. She also got a master's in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, New York assisted by a Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship.
 Awards and accolades
Dutt was conferred the Padma Shri, a civilian honor in India by Congress government in 2008, for her coverage of the 2004 Tsunami  Barkha also received the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award for Journalist of the Year, 2007. Her Sunday talk show has won the most awards for any show across television channels, winning the Indian Television Academy award for Best Talk Show five years in a row. In 2008, Dutt received the Indian News Broadcasting Award for the Most Intelligent News Show Host. She has been...