Indian Americans emerge as major players in American media

Washington: With two of them
governors, four billionaires and over a score sitting in high places in
government, Indian Americans not only keep making news but have also
emerged as major players in American media.


Take Indian-born
Aparism Bobby Ghosh, for instance, who was last week named by Time
magazine as ‘Editor-at-Large’. In naming Ghosh, Time Managing Editor
Richard Stengel, called him “one of Time’s greatest assets and this past
year was one of his best yet.”


Then there is Fareed Zakaria, who
too was introduced as Editor-at-Large of Time Magazine in October 2010
after spending 10 years overseeing all of Newsweek’s editions abroad.


Called
“the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation” by
Esquire Magazine, Zakaria hosts what has been dibbed one of the most
intelligent shows on American TV, ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’ on CNN every
Sunday.


Equally ubiquitous is Sanjay Gupta, the multiple
Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. A practicing
neurosurgeon, Gupta has reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged
Japan, earthquake devastated Haiti and covered live the unprecedented
flooding in Pakistan.


Vinnie Malhotra, a former programme
development executive at ESPN and long-time ABC News producer, has just
joined CNN as senior vice president for development and acquisitions.


Last
month, Raju Narisetti, credited with creating Mint, the successful
business daily out of Delhi, returned to the Wall Street Journal, where
he had spent 23 years earlier, as Managing Editor of its Digital
Network.


Nisid Hajari, Managing Editor of Newsweek is busy
writing “Midnight’s Furies,” a dramatic history of the Partition of
India and Pakistan, told through the characters of Gandhi, Jinnah,
Nehru, Churchill, and Mountbatten.


Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the
National Editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994.
His first book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City:Inside Iraq’s Green
Zone” published in 2006 won the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize and was a
finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards for non-fiction.


ESPN’s
sports anchor Kevin Negandhi is the first anchor of Indian-American
descent to be on a national sports network in American Television
history and Ali Velshi, son of Murad Velshi, the first Canadian of
Indian origin elected to the legislative assembly of Ontario, serves as
CNN’s chief business correspondent.


Other names include Davan Maharaj, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times;

Stephanie
Mehta, Fortune magazine Executive Editor overseeing technology, and
Nikhil Deogun, Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief Business News,
CNBC, the most-watched business TV network in the world.


Peter
Bhatia, editor of The Oregonian, one of America’s top regional
newspapers, is the first South Asian to run a major US daily.


Hundreds
of lesser known Indian Americans are among the producers, reporters,
copy editors and production assistants, bringing Americans their daily
news -showing how far Indian-American have come in the media world
where only a few of them commanded bylines in the 1990s

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