He has been associated with media for the past 42 years and has been the face of Indian TV. His early upbringing was in the refugee colonies of Delhi. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from Hans Raj College and obtained his master’s degree in literature, both from the University of Delhi.
He has been involved in singing and debating in his school and college days. He has been associated with Dadi Padamjee for puppet theatre and Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao and Sudhir Mishra for street theatre..He appeared on television on November 27, 1974 in Yuva Manch, a Hindi youth program aired on Doordarshan (then known as Delhi television). Since then he has anchored many shows like Yuv Jan ,Jawan Tarang, Aap Ke Liye and co anchored election analysis program with noted psephologist Dr, Prannoy Roy . His program Janvani became a landmark in the history of Indian television, inspiring a series of similar programs in today’s multi-channel scenario. He teamed up with M.J. Akbar to produce Newsline, the first ever non governmental current affairs magazine on Doordarshan In 1987, he joined TV Today, a venture of the India Today Group, as its chief producer.In 1988, he launched his own production company ‘The Communication Group’ to produce and anchor programs on current affairs, budget analyses and documentary films. He also anchored Chakravyuha for Zee TV, produced Parakh, a weekly current affairs magazine telecast on Doordarshan (DD) and Tasveer-e-Hind on DD3. He has worked with various news channels and anchored shows like chunav chunauti on Sony, election analysis on Zee news Pratidin , Parakh & Newsline on Sahara TV, Kaun banega mukhyamantri on Star News. Then he had a 9 year long stint with NDTV as a consulting editor & anchor with shows like Khabardar, Vinod Dua live, election analysis, budget analysis and Zaika India Ka. In 2014 he conducted a regular program ” Prashnakal ” , for CNN IBN culminating in election analysis. In 2016 he had a stint with Newsworld India and anchored Vinod Dua Live. Since Febrary 2017 till date,he is associated with the online news portal Thewire.in as a contributing editor and does 4 videos per week titled “Jan Gan Man Ki baat ‘ for The wire.
He is the first electronic media journalist to be awarded the esteemed BD Goenka Award for excellence in journalism in 1996, instituted by late Shri. Ram Nath Goenka. He has also been awarded the Haldi Ghati award for excellence in journalism and Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008. He was also conferred upon D.Lit Honoris Causa in 2016 by ITM University, Gwalior.He lives in Delhi with his wife Dr. Padmavati ( a.k.a Chinna).