Kamal Khan was an Indian news reporter who was associated with the NDTV news channel. On 14 January 2022, he died of a massive heart attack.
Kamal Khan was born in 1960 (age 61 years; as of 2021) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He did a Master in English Literature, and later, he pursued a course in Russian Philology (Russian Language and Literature) from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents and siblings.
Wife & Children
He was married to the India TV reporter Ruchi Kumar who is the political editor of the news channel. He had a son named Aman Khan.
Initially, he started his career as a Russian interpreter in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru. He then joined a local news channel Amrit Prabhat as a reporter. Later, after Amrit Prabhat got closed, he joined Navbharat Times as a reporter. After quitting his job there, he joined Dainik Jagran. In 1995, he started working as a reporter from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh at NDTV news channel. He was then promoted as a resident editor in the same news channel for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He was well-known for his unique style of reporting.
Butler Colony, Lucknow District, Uttar Pradesh
- Ram Nath Goenka Award from the President of India
- Ganesh Shanker Award from the President of India (which is considered as the biggest award for Hindi journalism instituted by the Union HR Ministry)
- NT Award as the best Hindi TV reporter
- Award for Best Documentary on Environment Awareness
- International award from The Federation of SAARC Writers and Literature for his contribution to Hindi TV journalism
On 14 January 2022, he died of a massive heart attack at his residence at Butler Colony, Lucknow District, Uttar Pradesh. On his demise, various Indian politicians and news reporters shared their grief. Alok Pandey from NDTV tweeted,
Sharing this with profound grief, shock and numbness. @kamalkhan_NDTV sir, our long standing Lucknow bureau chief, rock solid journalist, someone we all looked up to for his hard hitting yet poetic report ,passed away this morning . Will share more details as and when available.”
Lucknow’s senior journalist Naved Shikoh said,
NDTV’s Kamal Khan passes away.. Veteran NDTV journalist Kamal Khan is no more. He died of a heart attack early this morning at his Butler Palace residence in Lucknow. He was associated with the NDA as the UP Chief for more than two decades. TV is journalism, earlier he had worked in all English-Hindi newspapers of Lucknow. Ruchi Kumar, wife of Kamal Khan Sahab, is the Political Editor of India TV. The favorite of the country and the world, Kamal Khan really made his own identity with amazing journalism. Hardly any TV journalist has the sweetness of tongue, choice of words, pronunciation and engaging script like him. If Ravish Kumar is the diamond of NDTV as an anchor, then Kamal was the jewel of this channel as a journalist. Seeing his PTC (Piece to Camera) in any news package, the eyes of the TV viewers used to get stuck on the TV screen. God may also know Kamal Bhai’s tongue, tone, alphabet, script, Loved the fairness and payoff, and called them ahead of time. Inna Lillahi and Inna Ilahi Rajioon!”
The TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai said,
Terribly sad news to report this morning. Kamal Khan, NDTV’s fine reporter from Lucknow and a dear dear friend passed away this morning. I will miss you dearly my friend and our long chats. Lots of memories! Devastated. Om shanti.”
Supriya Shrinate Congress leader and former journalist tweeted,
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of @kamalkhan_NDTV. Rock solid journalist, a great human being.”
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said,
The news of the sudden demise of Kamal Khan, a well-known and eminent TV journalist associated with NDTV, is very sad and irreparable loss to the journalism world. My deepest condolences to his family and all his loved ones. May the nature give everyone the strength to bear this sorrow, wishing from such a nature.”
- Kamal Khan was fluent in speaking and writing Russian.
- In his leisure time, he used to read books.
- In 2018, he was invited as a guest speaker at TEDx Talks, and there he shared his views on the topic ‘Peaceful Religious Coexistence: Reality or Myth.’