Paranjoy Guha Thakurta’s work experience, spanning over 40 years, cuts across different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema. He is a writer, speaker, anchor, interviewer, teacher and commentator in three languages: English, Bangla and Hindi. His main areas of interest are the working of the political economy and the media in India and the world, on which he has authored/co-authored books and directed/produced documentary films.
He educated at the St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (1972-75) and at the Delhi School of Economicsfrom where he obtained his Master’s degree in economics. He started his career as a journalist and has been employed with various media organisations. He served for two years (2011-13) as president of the Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP), an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Delhi. He is a member of the managing committee of the Media Foundation of India that runs the website, the hoot.org, and has written a series of articles for the website on media ownership in India. He is a member of the governing council of Common Cause, a civil society organisation engaged in public interest litigation, among other activities related to redressing public grievances. He has advised various organisations, including corporate bodies (Indian, foreign and multinational), government agencies (including India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) and civil society organisations.Paranjoy served as the Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) from April 4, 2016, to July 18, 2017.
He teaches and speaks on these subjects to students, general audiences and also trains aspiring – and working — media professionals. He participates frequently in, and organises seminars/conferences. He is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites. He is featured regularly on television channels and radio programmes as an anchor as well as an analyst and commentator.