BBC News presenter (on BBC1’s One, Six and Ten O’clock News) and UK Affairs correspondent, Reeta Chakrabarti has worked across a full range of news programmes on the BBC, in both television and radio.
An engaging awards host and conference facilitator, Reeta has enjoyed a long and successful career with the BBC since graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English and French.
She began working for the BBC in the early 1990s. Before moving to television, she started out as a radio producer and reporter on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, working on the Today programme and the World at One and PM, as well as 5 Live Breakfast in which she covered the French presidential elections and the Dunblane killings.
In 1997, she became the BBC’s Community Affairs correspondent, covering the Stephen Lawrence inquest, and subsequent public inquiry.
On becoming a Political correspondent based at Westminster in 1999, Reeta covered three general elections and several changes of party leaders. Other notable stories included the cash for honours affair, MPs expenses, and fronting audience reaction pieces.
Prior to her current role as the BBC’s UK Affairs correspondent, Reeta served as Education and Social Affairs correspondent.
In terms of social affairs, she reported on stories relating to adoption, poverty, and social mobility in the UK. Abroad, she has looked at the success of women bankers in India, and why the pace of life in Denmark is healthier than in the UK. She has also delivered wider pieces looking at the implications for the public of successive budgets and reported on the death and funeral of Lady Thatcher.
With adept experience in reporting from the cutting-edge of current affairs, Reeta makes an excellent conference facilitator and awards host