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Shantanu Guha Ray
Shantanu is a Wharton-trained journalist based in New Delhi. He is Special Editor-Investigations of BTVI, counted among the fastest growing business television channels in South Asia.
Earlier, he was the India Head for Central European News, one of the largest wire agencies catering to newspapers and television channels across Europe.
For almost three decades, he has served both print and the electronic media.
Some of his milestones include a series on India’s big bucks sex trafficking, scooping the billion-dollar coal scam, arguably India’s biggest scandal till date. He scooped it in October 2011 – much before the Indian newspapers picked up the CAG report – while working for India Today, where he also scooped the Delhi airport scam. Out of the three CAG reports that year (2011-12), he scooped two.
A diehard editor, he specialises in both business, economic, marketing and investigative reporting, often doing the odd-ball human interest stories. His cover for Tehelka on lobbyists in New Delhi is still considered a yard stick in reporting on profession still not recognised by the Indian government. His news report on India’s only female dom in Varanasi for New York Times was among the top trending stories of the daily across the world in 2014.
He also also scooped India’s cervical cancer scandal, which was pushed by the previous UPA government under a dubious program pushed by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Supreme Court has now banned the program, thanks to his report. He was awarded the Laadli Media trophy for his expose.
A newshound at heart, Shantanu had also scooped – during his days at Outlook – on how Indian television channels were fudging TRP records by placing extra television sets and peoples meters at homes of selected people.
His reporting on India’s tobacco racket, blood diamonds earned him many global awards, so did his work on the dangers of asbestos.
Briefly, he flirted with sports, and headed the news team of ESPN in India, travelled across the world to cover cricket and was instrumental in introducing Saurav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to television as ESPN guest anchors.
His maiden book, Mahi, a biography of the Indian cricket captain did good sales in 2013.
His next book, Fixed, on match-fixing and illegal betting, hit the stands in March, 2016, and grossed good sales.
His investigative book on commodities tycoon Jignesh Shah and the NSEL payment crisis, has grossed huge sales and trending among the top 20 across the world in Amazon rankings. The book is number 1 the Crossword bestseller category in the English, Gujarati and Marathi segments.
His fourth book, titled Found Dead, is on urban murders and how those killings shook the collective conscience of the country. The book was included among the six top crime books of 2017 by Ravi Subramaniam, former banker and crime books author.
He has just finished a book on Blood Diamonds, tracing how India and China have completely dominated the solitaire trade across the world, and a pictorial book on Ambanis, counted among the world’s wealthiest families.
Ramnath Goenka award, 2014
Overseas Press Club of America award for best online investigation, 2011
Columbia School of Journalism award for investigative reporting from India, 2011
World News Conference award, Beijing, 2010
Freedom of Expression award, Oslo, April, 2010
Wash award for reporting on water, 2008
John Sheenan Award, Wharton Biz School, 2008