Anushka Asthana

Anushka Asthana (born 1980) is a British journalist and former newsreader. Since 2018 she has presented The Guardian's daily podcast Today in Focus. She was previously that newspaper's joint political editor from 2016 to 2018.

Anushka Asthana
Born1980 (age 39–40)
EducationManchester High School for Girls
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge
Known forCo-presenter of Peston
Presenter of Today in Focus
TitleJoint Political Editor of The Guardian (2016–2018)

Early lifeEdit

Asthana was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, and raised in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester.[1] Her parents, both doctors, moved to the United Kingdom from New Delhi, India in the 1970s.[2]

Asthana attended the private school Manchester High School for Girls and read economics at St John's College, Cambridge.[3]


Asthana joined The Observer as a general reporter in 2003 and spent several months at The Washington Post in 2006.[1] Later she was a political correspondent for The Times before beginning to work for Sky News in 2013 as a political correspondent.[4][5]

In succession to Patrick Wintour, Asthana was appointed in December 2015 as the joint political editor of The Guardian, in a job share arrangement with Heather Stewart which began in early 2016.[6][7]

From 23 April 2017, Anushka covered the maternity leave of Allegra Stratton as the co-presenter of Peston on Sunday.[8]


  1. ^ a b Asthana, Anushka (26 November 2006). "My heart belongs to Delhi". The Observer. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ Asthana, Anushka (14 October 2013). "Uncertain Journey Towards New Life In Britain". Sky News. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013.
  3. ^ Asthana, Anushka. "Anushka Asthana: Class of 1998". Manchester High School for Girls. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Times political reporter Anushka Asthana moves to Sky News". Press Gazette. 16 May 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014.
  5. ^ Thorne, Anna (16 May 2014). "The highs and lows of the most exciting job you can do". The Oxford Student. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014.
  6. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (11 December 2015). "Guardian 'breaks the mould' by making Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart political editor on job share". Press Gazette. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ Jackson, Jasper (11 December 2015). "Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart to share role of Guardian political editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  8. ^ Peston on Sunday (20 April 2017). "Anushka Asthana". Twitter. Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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Preceded by
Patrick Wintour
Political Editor of The Guardian
with Heather Stewart

Succeeded by
Heather Stewart