Reeta Chakrabarti

Reeta Chakrabarti is a BBC News presenter and correspondent. She presents the One, Six and Ten O'Clock News on BBC1 and also reports at home and abroad. She was previously Education and Social Affairs correspondent, and spent many years reporting politics from Westminster.

Career Background

Reeta started out as a producer on BBC Radio 4, working on the Today programme, the World at One and PM before becoming a reporter on 5 Live Breakfast, in which she covered the French presidential elections, and the Dunblane killings.

She later became a general news correspondent working in television as well as radio. In 1997, she became the BBC Community Affairs Correspondent, covering the Stephen Lawrence inquest, and subsequent public inquiry. She has also covered home affairs, including the Damilola Taylor murder trial; and Health.

During her time at Westminster from 1999, as Political Correspondent for the BBC, Reeta worked across a range of programmes in television and radio, reporting on political stories for BBC1, BBC2, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. During this time, Reeta covered three general elections, and several changes of party leaders, with other notable stories including the cash for honours affair, MPs expenses, and fronting audience reaction pieces, known as the "Worm" after the election leaders' debates in 2010.

In 2011, Reeta became Education Correspondent, where she covered changes to university tuition fees; the introduction of free schools, growth in academies and changes to exams and the curriculum. She reported from South Korea on why East Asian pupils are further ahead than those in Britain in international league tables.

In addition, on the social affairs side, Reeta has 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. Other reports have included looking at the issues of abortion in Chile and in Poland, the rise of female executives in India, the trafficking of young women from

Albania, and the migrant crisis in Europe.  She has reported several times on the Rohingya crisis from Bangladesh and Myanmar, and anchored the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 2017.  She was part of the studio team for the 2019 General Election, and is playing the same role in the 2020 US Presidential Election in November. She has also presented on the BBC News Channel, BBC World, and Radio 4's The World Tonight.

Corporate and Speaking Engagements 

Reeta has chaired and hosted many corporate events, including hosting the 2018 Royal Television Society (RTS) Journalism Awards, several Education Television Award Dinners at the RTS, plus conferences on climate change, the criminal justice system, the NHS, and the travel industry.

Television and Radio

Reeta is a fan of the poet, John Keats, and used this as her specialist subject on Celebrity Mastermind! It led to her becoming an ambassador of the charity the Keats Shelley Memorial Association. She also took part in a celebrity episode of Only Connect for Comic Relief.

Education and Childhood

Reeta was born in Ealing, London and raised in Birmingham, but spent time in India as a teenager. She has a degree in English and French from Exeter College, Oxford, and spent a year in France as a student. She is Chancellor of York St John University, from where she also has an honorary doctorate. She is also an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford; an honorary fellow of University College, London; and also an honorary fellow of the University of East London. She is also a patron of the charity Pan Intercultural Arts.

Personal Life

Reeta is married with three children, and lives in North London.