Close on the heels of Shoma Chaudhury quitting as Tehelka’s Managing Editor, Ramesh Sharma has been elevated to acting Executive Editor of the magazine. Prior to this, Sharma was Deputy Editor of Tehelka and has been associated with the magazine since 2009.
Sharma had begun his journalism career with The Times of India in 1988 after graduating from The Times School of Journalism (TRF, Institute for Social Sciences, Research & Education) in New Delhi. During his six-plus years with TOI, he had handled various responsibilities, including bringing out the main edition of the newspaper. He also reported on politics, environment and social issues. Later, as the Desk In-charge of The Sunday Times of India, he was instrumental in shaping the Open Space page. He was among the founding members, along with Dileep Padgaonkar and 23 others, of the first independent media organisation run by journalists in New Delhi – Asia-Pacific Communication Associates (APCA).
Thereafter, Sharma went on to do a five-year stint with India Today and another five years with the IANS news agency, where he was in charge of producing Asian Voice, a London tabloid aimed at NRIs. At IANS, he also handled two news portals – indiaabroad.com and Indiainfo.com. He has also tried his hands at television journalism, with a two-and-a-half-year stint at Headlines Today, where he was a Senior Producer. In 2007, he was back with APCA to produce a strategic affairs magazine, ‘India & Global Affairs’, for Sakaal Group of newspapers.