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Arnab Goswami Biography
Born on 9 October 1973 in Guwahati, Assam
Father Mr. Manoranjan Goswami and mother Suprabha Goswami.
His Father was in Army, and retired as a Colonel.
Arnab while growing up was very close to his paternal and maternal grandfathers.
Paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami, respected judge, a freedom fighter and a politician with a Congress leader
Maternal grandfather, Gauri Sankar Bhattacharya, was a Communist and leader of the opposition in Assam
Father Manoranjan Goswami has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the 1998 Lok Sabha Polls as the BJP candidate for the Guwahati to Lok Sabha of Assam where he was defeated by Congress candidate Bhubaneshwar Kalita.
Currently, his father isn’t involved in politics. Though, he is still a member of the BJP.
His maternal uncle, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, a BJP MLA from Gauhati East constituency, was the head of the Assam unit of the party before Sarbananda Sonowal took over in 2015.
Arnab always tried to stay away from the political links of his family members. In fact, he has always talked about the social work of his families in various interviews.
Arnab was a shy kid, As an army officer’s son, he attended schools in various cities.
Mount St. Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jabalpur Contonment
As a child he was always enthusiastic about the debate competitions. He has been debating since class 6th. And travelled to Itarasi, Jabalpur to Bhopal to participate in national competitions. Not surprisingly he also won more than few of them.
According to him The fiercest debate that he has experienced till date was against Central School.
Hindu College, Graduation in Sociology
Met his to be wife Pipi, who was Arnab’s classmate in the Hindu College. They fell in love and she proposed him before he left for further studies to oxford.
Went on Oxford University, St. Antony’s College, where he completed Masters in Social Anthropology, 1994
He came back to India and joined as a journalist, in The Telegraph
Arnab was not happy as a journalist and looked for opportunities in Television
He went to meet alumni of Oxford Rajdeep Sardesai in his home, where Rajdeep encouraged him to pursue career in Television News. Rajdeep at that time was working in NDTV.
Arnab got his first job as a news anchor for Television in the year 1995, when he worked for NDTV 24X7.
They married once Arnab joined NDTV 24 X 7.
He also worked simultaneously as a news reporter for ‘News Tonight’, a program on DD Metro.
Promoted to the job of a news editor promoted to the job of a news editor, where he would curate, organize an edit content, apart from working an anchor.
Arnab’s First Ever TV Interview was with Sonia Gandhi.
He started hosting his own show called News Hour on NDTV. Newshour was the longest running news analysis show on any channel. (1998-2003).
In 2002, Arnab authored his first book, “Combating Terrorism: The Legal Challenge.”
In 2004 Arnab Joined the Times of India group and in 2006, Arnab Goswami became the news anchor and editor-in-chief of Times Now.
According to him, 26/11 attack on Mumbai made him more assertive about taking a position rather than the diplomatic stand taken by other anchors.
He is most popular for his shows The Newshour which is one of the highest watched news shows and Frankly Speaking With Arnab which boasts of some very high profile guest from all around the globe.
He has interviewed high profile guests like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Hillary Clinton and Dalia Lama.
He has been lauded and also severely criticised for his style of Journalism.
In 2010 – Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (TV)
“I do dream that at sometime in the future, our country will have a channel which is going to be broadcast to the world like BBC or CNN.”
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