After a long and successful career with the BBC, Reeta Chakrabarti currently combines her role as UK Affairs correspondent with presenting on BBC1’s One, Six and Ten O'Clock News. She has worked across a full range of news programmes in both television and radio, and is an excellent awards host and conference facilitator.
A 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.
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. She has also covered Home Affairs, including the Damilola Taylor murder trial, and Health.
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.
On the education side, she covered changes to university tuition fees, the introduction of free schools, growth in academies, and changes to exams and the curriculum. She also reported from South Korea on why East Asian pupils are far ahead of those in Britain in international league tables.
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.
Reeta is patronage of the Naz Project, an HIV/AIDS charity focusing on minority groups affected by the disease, and of the National Mentoring Consortium, linking ethnic minority undergraduates with employers in the public and private sectors.
With adept experience in reporting from the cutting-edge of current affairs, Reeta makes an excellent conference facilitator and awards host.