Shekhar Gupta, who has quit as Editor-in-Chief of Indian Express, is joining India Today Group as Vice Chairman and Editor-in-Chief. This is his second stint with India Today, where he was earlier Editor.
Gupta quit Indian Express after 19 years with the Group. There had been rumours floating in the industry for the last six months that Gupta is leaving the Express Group and might join the India Today Group.
Gupta has over 33 years of experience in journalism. He has to his credit some of the most significant newsbreaks in Indian journalism.
He had joined the Indian Express as a cub reporter at its Chandigarh edition in 1977. Three years later, at just 23, The Indian Express sent him to India’s North-East region, where he covered the then raging insurgencies and civil unrest.
As a reporter, and then an Editor, with India Today, Gupta had brought to readers in India a ringside view of contemporary history: From Operation Bluestar to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the student uprising at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War from Baghdad, Jerusalem and Kuwait, the first ‘jihad’ in Afghanistan and the many twists and turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka’s Tamil North.