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Ravish Kumar

Ravish Kumar




  • Ravish Kumar was born in Motihari, Bihar on 5 December 1974. His highschool education was obtained from Loyola High School (Patna).
  • Later he moved to Delhi for higher studies. He graduated from Deshbandhu College University of Delhi and received a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.


  • He received the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010 from the President of India (awarded in 2014).
  • He was honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year in 2013 and 2017 for the broadcast category in Hindi language.a great indian journalist.
  • Ravish Kumar won the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award.


  • Senior Indian journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday was awarded this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.
  • Kumar, 44, who is NDTV India’s senior executive editor is one of India’s most influential TV journalists, the award citation by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said.
  • He is among five individuals who were declared winners of the award, which is Asia’s premier prize and highest honour and celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.


  • Kumar, born in Jitwarpur village in Bihar, joined New Delhi Television Network (NDTV) in 1996 and worked his way up from being a field reporter.
  • After NDTV launched its 24-hour Hindi-language news channel – NDTV India – targeting the country’s 422 million native speakers of Hindi, he was given his own daily show, “Prime Time.”
  • Kumar’s “Prime Time” programme “deals with real-life, under-reported problems of ordinary people”, it added.


  • Kumar’s “Prime Time” programme “deals with real-life, under-reported problems of ordinary people”, it added.
  • “If you have become the voice of the people, you are a journalist,” the citation added.
  • As an anchor, Kumar is sober, incisive, and wellinformed, it said.
  • His more important distinction, however, comes from the kind of journalism he represents, the citation added.


  • “In a media environment threatened by an interventionist state, toxic with jingoist partisans, trolls and purveyors of ‘fake news,’ and where the competition for market ratings has put the premium on ‘media personalities,’ ‘tabloidisation,’ and audience-pandering sensationalism, Ravish has been most vocal on insisting that the professional values of sober, balanced, factbased reporting be upheld in practice,” it said.
  • His programme takes up current social issues; does serious background research; and presents issues in well-rounded discussions.


  • Kumar interacts easily with the poor, travels extensively, and uses social media to stay in touch with the audience, generating from them the stories for the programme.
  • The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.
  • Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honour.