FactShala Ambassador

Shekhar Gupta

Editor-in-chief, The Print

Meet Shekhar Gupta

Shekhar Gupta is the Founder-Editor of ThePrint, India’s fastest growing multimedia news website known for its non-hyphenated journalism, which is neither Left nor Right, is liberal on society and liberal on economy.


He is a prolific columnist, with his highly influential weekly column National Interest which is translated into five languages. A selection of these columns was collected in the bestselling book Anticipating India. The new volume is under production now.

Shekhar is a recipient of several journalism awards, including the Inlaks Journalist of the Year Award (1985), the G.K Reddy Memorial Award (1987), the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for National Integration (2006), the Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak Award (2016), and the Padma Bhushan (2009).

At ThePrint, he hosts Off the Cuff, a video offering, which sees him in conversation with an eminent guest. His daily YouTube show Cut The Clutter explains and analyses the big news development of the day from India and around the world.

Between 2003 and 2017, Shekhar also hosted Walk the Talk on NDTV 24×7 every week. A collection of these news-making interviews has been published as a book Walk the Talk: Decoding Politicians.

In his four-decade career, Shekhar has reported on key Indian and
international events, including the peak era of trouble in our Northeast, the Nellie massacre in Assam, Operation Blue Star, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War from Baghdad, the first, US-backed jihad in Afghanistan, the many twists and turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka’s Tamil North, and did more than a dozen tours of duty in Pakistan.

Before this, Shekhar served as editor-in-chief of The Indian Express for 19 years and simultaneously held the position of the company's chief executive for 13 years.

About Factshala:

FactShala India Media Literacy Network is a collaborative news and information literacy program run by DataLEADS with support from the Google News Initiative. It’s a collective of 250 journalists, media educators, fact-checkers, non-profit workers and community radio stations, who are on a mission to empower people in non-metro cities and rural areas and also youth and students with the skills required to critically analyze online information and spot misinformation.

About MediaWise:

MediaWise is a digital media literacy initiative based at the nonprofit Poynter Institute. The program teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to responsibly engage with online content in the age of information overload. The program was created in 2018 to empower people to find trusted sources and make sense of the vast amount of information at their fingertips. It brings simple, yet effective, digital media literacy tools to people where they are — whether they’re on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter or TikTok or in one of the nine countries where MediaWise operates.