|Rajdeep Sardesai Quick Info
|5 ft 9 in
|Date of Birth
|May 24, 1965
Rajdeep Sardesai is an Indian news anchor, reporter, journalist, and author who served as the Editor-in-Chief of Global Broadcast News (which included CNN-IBN, IBN7, and IBN-Lokmat) until July 2014. Moreover, he has also served as a consulting editor and an anchor for India Today Television.
Rajdeep Dilip Sardesai
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
New Delhi, India
Rajdeep Sardesai studied at Campion School located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He then attended the Cathedral & John Connon School, a co-educational private school located in Fort, Mumbai.
After that, he enrolled at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and graduated with a degree in economics. He also attended University College, Oxford (a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England, United Kingdom) and completed a Bachelor of Arts in jurisprudence (promoted to Master of Arts by seniority) and a Bachelor of Civil Law.
News Anchor, Reporter, Journalist, Author
- Father – Dilip Narayan Sardesai (International cricketer who played Tests for the Indian national team as a batsman)
- Mother – Nandini Pant (An activist in Mumbai and former head of the Department of Sociology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai)
- Siblings – Shonali (Sister) (Has served as a senior social scientist with the World Bank in Washington, D.C.). Rajdeep has one more sister.
- Others – Bhaskar Ghose (Father-In-Law) (A retired Indian, former Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting 1993–1995, Former Director General of Doordarshan 1986–1988, Writer, Theatre Actor, Director), Alarmel Valli (Mother-In-Law) (Indian Classical Dancer and choreographer who is known as the foremost exponent of the Pandanallur style in the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam, Recipient of Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Rajdeep Sardesai has dated –
- Sagarika Ghose (1994-Present) – He tied the knot with journalist, columnist, anchor, and author Sagarika Ghose in 1994 and the couple has been blessed with 2 children – a son named Ishan and a daughter named Tarini.
Race / Ethnicity
Rajdeep Sardesai is of Goan descent on his father’s side and has Gujarati roots on his mother’s side.
Salt and Pepper
- Deep-set eyes
- Wears glasses
Rajdeep Sardesai Facts
- During his time at the University College, Oxford, he played cricket and made six first-class appearances for the university and one for a combined Oxford and Cambridge side against the 1987 Pakistani touring team. Subsequently, he was awarded a cricket Blue at Oxford.
- For coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Rajdeep Sardesai was awarded the International Broadcasters Award.
- In 2006, he became a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award.
- Rajdeep Sardesai was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2008.
- He was allegedly heckled by a group of Indians in Madison Square in New York on September 30, 2014, and became a victim of physical assault. Although he claimed that he was jostled by the crowd, the eyewitnesses denied the allegations and went on to claim that Rajdeep “began the physical assault”.
- He was taken off television for two weeks in January 2021 by India Today while his monthly salary was also cut for alleging in a retracted tweet that Navreet Singh was killed in a police shooting during the 2020–2021 Indian farmers’ protest. Rajdeep Sardesai was booked for sedition over the Republic Day violence and the FIR stated that they shared misinformed news and ‘instigated violence’ on January 26. Many other journalists and politicians who reported about the 2021 Farmers’ Republic Day parade were charged with sedition and the guild termed the FIRs as an “attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat and stifle the media”.
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