H R Venkatesh

Journalist and Entrepreneur in New Delhi, India

H R Venkatesh

Journalist and Entrepreneur in New Delhi, India

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I'm an ICFJ-Knight Fellow focusing on health and development journalism in India.

I'm the founder of NetaData, an independent and non-partisan news service dedicated to Indian politics. In 2016, I was a fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

I've covered a lot of ground in news and journalism. As a reporter, I’ve reported on business (CNBC), sports (India Today television, then Headlines Today) and general news (CNN-IBN). I’ve reported on politics, elections and a bit of crime.

But by far my longest stint has been as a news anchor. From 2004 to 2009, I presented an average of three news bulletins a day. This included a talk show called India 360.

In 2009, I went to Oxford University to earn a master’s degree in Indian studies as a Shell Centenary Chevening Scholar.

Upon my return to CNN-IBN in 2010, I helped run the newsroom on the desk, doing all the stuff that happens in the back end. This experience helped me sharpen my management skills.

So there you have it - reporting, anchoring, desk work - all in the space of 12 years. It was time to move out of TV.

In 2014, I left for Change.org as Director of Communications in India, where I picked up skills relevant to a tech company.

In 2015, I was the Editor-News at The Quint, and after exactly a year leading the website along with a colleague, I left to start NetaData.

But wait: a lot of what I’ve achieved would have been possible but for what I call my secret, parallel career.

Starting 2004, I’ve done something on the side every year. I’ve run several blogs, experimented with podcasts, run campaigns and pitched shows. I think this secret career of mine has been as influential as my main career.

I now live in New Delhi but am from Bangalore. And I’m always on the hunt for a good ‘Bangalore’ dosa!

  • Work
    • The Quint
  • Education
    • MSc Contemporary India, University of Oxford
    • Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune
    • B.A. Journalism, Psychology, English Literature