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VINOD DUA
Date of Birth 11-03-1954
Nationality Indian
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Vinod Dua (born 11 March 1954) is one of the best known names of the Indian media. He has been the face of Indian television since 1974. He has seen and been associated with Indian television’s transition from a government controlled, black and white, single-channel entity to the present-day multi-channel transnational satellite T.V.industry. A veteran of thousands of hours of telecasting, Vinod Dua is an anchor, political commentator, election analyst, producer and director.

He was awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008.

Early life

Vinod Dua’s early upbringing was in the refugee colonies of Delhi. He originally hails from Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from Hans Raj College and went on to obtain his Masters degree in literature, both from the University of Delhi .


Career

Vinod Dua was a singer and debater in his school and college days. He was also associated with theater activity in Delhi till the mid-80s. He has written two plays for children, performed by the Sutradhar Puppet Theater of Sri Ram Center for Art and Culture. He was also a member of Theatre Union, a street theatre group which created and performed plays against social problems like dowry .Vinod Dua first appeared on television on November 27, 1974 in Yuva Manch, a Hindi youth program aired on Doordarshan (then known as Delhi television). In 1975, he anchored Yuv Jan for the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (S.I.T.E) telecast for the youth of Raipur, Muzaffarpur and Jaipur. In the same year he also began anchoring Jawan Tarang, a youth program of newly commissioned Amritsar T.V. He continued to anchor youth programs for these channels till 1980. In 1981, he started anchoring the Sunday morning family magazine Aap Ke Liye and continued to do so till 1984. The year 1984 marked a turning point in his career when he co-anchored the election analysis programs on Doordarshan with the noted psephologist Dr. Prannoy Roy. Since then he has been a regular presence on election analysis programs for different television channels.

Awards

    The first electronic media journalist awarded by esteemed BD Goenka Award for excellence in journalism in 1996.
    Awarded the Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008.

Notable Shows
Currently On-Air

    Vinod Dua-Live (on NDTV India)
    Zaika India Ka (on NDTV India)

Aired in the past

    Janvani
    Parakh
    Khaba

   

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