Reeta Chakrabarti

reeta chakrabarti




Presenter of the One, Six and Ten O'Clock News on BBC1, as well as the 24 hour News Channel


Reeta Chakrabarti is a BBC News presenter. She presents the One, Six and Ten O'Clock News on BBC1, as well as the 24 hour News Channel, and also reports at home and abroad. 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 5Live Breakfast. She later became a general news correspondent for television and radio, and then BBC Community Affairs Correspondent, where she covered the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. From 1999, she became a Political Correspondent for the BBC. She spent a decade at Westminster and covered three General Elections. In 2010, she became Education Correspondent and reported on the trebling of university tuition fees in England, and the introduction of free schools. 

She has covered a range of international stories, including 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, the migrant crisis in Europe, and the plight of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh. She also reported in the summer of 2017 on the 70th anniversary of independence in India and Pakistan. 

Reeta is married and has three children.

A woman who has inspired me

"The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Now imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn¹t have the weight of gender expectations. Boys and girls are undeniably different biologically, but socialization exaggerates the differences and then it becomes a self-fulfilling process." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie