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Reeta Chakrabarti (born 12 December 1964) is a British journalist, newsreader and correspondent for BBC News. She is known for being the main relief presenter for BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten and BBC Weekend News, and presenting regularly on the BBC News Channel. She also serves as contributing editor for BBC News.

Reeta Chakrabarti
Reeta Chakrabarti

(1964-12-12) 12 December 1964 (age 54)
EducationCalcutta International School
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
OccupationJournalist, Newsreader and Correspondent
Years active1992–present
Notable credit(s)
BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC Weekend News
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
Home townBirmingham, England


Early lifeEdit

Chakrabarti was born in Ealing, London to an Indian Bengali family and was raised in Birmingham, also having spent time in India as a teenager at the Calcutta International School in Kolkata.[1]

Chakrabarti arrived at the University of Oxford in 1984. She completed a degree in English and French from Exeter College, where she graduated in 1988, and also spent a year in France while a student.[2] Of her time at Oxford, Chakrabarti said:[3]

Journalism careerEdit

In 1994, Chakrabarti became a reporter for the Breakfast Programme on the newly launched BBC Radio 5 Live.[4] She later became a general news correspondent working on television as well as radio.

In 1997, she became the BBC Community Affairs correspondent, covering the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and also working on Home Affairs.

In 1999 Chakrabarti secured her role as political correspondent for the BBC, working across a range of programmes in television and radio, reporting on politics for BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. In January 2011 she was the education correspondent for BBC News. In May 2014 she was appointed as news presenter on BBC One and the BBC News Channel.

Reeta has chaired and hosted numerous corporate events, including the 2003 and 2004 Educational Television Awards Dinners for the Royal Television Society.[5] She also hosted the 2018 TV Journalism awards for the RTS. In April 2018, she acted as host for the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace.

Awards and honoursEdit

Chakrabarti was named an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford in 2018. She was also made a Doctor of Letters by the University of York St John in 2018, and an honorary fellow of University College, London in 2019. She is also an honorary fellow of the University of East London.

Personal lifeEdit

Chakrabarti is married and lives in North London. She has three children. She is a fan of the poet John Keats and chose this as her specialist subject on the BBC television quiz Celebrity Mastermind broadcast on 22 December 2016.[6]

Reeta is a Patron of Pan Intercultural Arts, a UK charity that uses the arts to empower marginalised young people and unlock their potential.[7] She is also a patron of the Oxford University Media Society, and an ambassador for the Keats Shelley Memorial Association in Rome.


  1. ^ University of East London Archived October 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Chakrabarti, Reeta. "Reeta Chakrabarti on language and culture". OpenLearn. The Open University. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Reeta Chakrabarti among portraits commissioned to reflect Oxford University's diversity". Exeter College. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  4. ^ "Reeta Chakrabarti". 12 September 2005 – via
  5. ^ "".
  6. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind 2016/2017, episode 4".
  7. ^ "Trustees and Patrons". Pan Intercultural Arts. Pan Intercultural Arts. Archived from the original on 2015-07-12.

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