An executive director and CEO of NDTV Group. Vikram Chandra is best known for his award-winning anchor position on The Big Fight, which is one of India’s top-rated talk and current affairs shows. He also has been called in the popular press, one of the top journalists in India today. Vikram Chandra is the current host of Gadget Guru, his fame, and reputation as a journalist was built while covering the Kashmir conflict.
||23 July 1961 (age 59 years), New Delhi
||Tanuja Chandra, Anupama Chopra
||Johns Hopkins University (1987), Columbia University, MORE
Chandra is the former anchor for the Nine O’clock News and The Big Fight, on which he still appears despite his management responsibilities. Now he is popular as one of the top journalists in the country. Through his talk show, he has interviewed great personalities like King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch. Also interviewed Tim Cook, CEO of Apple in May 2016, during the latter’s visit to India.
Vikram Chandra Personal Life
Born on 7 January 1967, he is from New Delhi, India. His other name is Vikramaditya Chandra. His mother Nandini Chandra was a journalist with Times. He married Seema Chandra, On Jun 27, 2016, the two Television personalities celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Veena Janet Basil was his agent.
Vikram Chandra Early life and career
In the early days, he studied in the Doon school, in which he was the editor of The Doon School Weekly. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He was an intake scholarship student at Oxford. And for three months He studied mass media at Stanford University. Starting his career in television journalism in 1991 working with a TV news magazine called Newstrack. Vikram Chandra has Join New Delhi Television Limited since 1994. During the same years, he worked on the prime time 9 O’clock News, Gadget Guru (with Rajiv Makhni), which was a review show about new technologies.
Before the launch of NDTV Profit which is India’s leading English-language business channel appointed him as ahead. He was promoted to CEO of NDTV networks in 2007. NDTV Convergence was added to his portfolio in 2009. His fiction thriller The Srinagar Conspiracy, which was published in 2000 became a best seller. He was notable for its combination of setting the action in Kashmir, a place in which Chandra had become familiar through his journalism, and of using English.
Notable assignments and awards
Reporter Chandra was assigned to Kashmir, where he reported on war and conflict, he had exclusive footage of the army camps at the Saltoro Heights in Siachen. In 1955 he was in Charari Sharief prior to insurgents burning the entire town. He also reported on the Kargil War in 1999. Having worked on several “Greenathons,” which is a media campaign to expand the electrical system to rural areas and finance solar lanterns to bring light to homes. He has always been active in public interest media campaigns in India and also in the “Save our Tigers” campaign to stop poaching.
For his significant contribution to various social and political themes, he is also very popular among scholars.
Chandra received the designation “Global Leader for Tomorrow” from the World Economic Forum in Davos when he was selected as a “Young Global Leader in 2007.
Chandra won the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Award twice, for Best Anchor for a Talk Show for The Big Fight in 2005 and 2008.he has also won the Teacher’s Achievement Award for Communication awards amongst other coveted recognitions.