Raj Chengappa, Managing Editor, India Today, has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Publications. He takes charge from March 16, 2010 and replaces HK Dua, who had been heading The Tribune since 2003 and was recently nominated as a Rajya Sabha member.
When contacted by exchange4media, Chengappa confirmed the development. On joining The Tribune, he said, “The Tribune is a torchbearer. It is a highly regarded and balanced paper and I am honoured to be joining it. What The Tribune has always promoted is independence of journalism, which is both a challenge and an opportunity amid growing commercialisation everywhere.”
On his 29-year long stint with India Today, Chengappa said, “The best part of working with India Today is the high degree of professionalism here. It is among the most exciting places to work in and there is constant debate on various issues. It is one of the finest publications.”
At India Today, Chengappa, an award-winning veteran journalist with 33 years of experience, is also concurrently Editor of the Indian edition of Scientific American and India Today Aspire. He has won prestigious Indian journalism awards, including the Prem Bhatia Award for Political Analysis and Reporting in 1998 and the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting in 1987.
Chengappa is also the author of a best-selling book on India’s nuclear weapons, titled ‘Weapons of Peace: The Secret Story of India’s Quest to be a Nuclear Power’. He is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.