Ravi Agrawal

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Ravi Agrawal
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Ravi Agrawal
Born (1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 35)
London, England
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Journalist
Employer Foreign Policy
Title Managing Editor

Ravi Agrawal (born 16 October 1982) is a journalist, television producer, and author. He is currently the Managing Editor of Foreign Policy.[1] Previously, Agrawal worked for the U.S. news channel CNN for

11 years, spanning full-time roles on three continents.[2] His most recent position at the network was as CNN's New Delhi Bureau Chief and correspondent.[3]

Agrawal now lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Foreign Policy[edit]

Agrawal began working at the Washington, D.C.-based magazine and website in April 2018.[4]


New Delhi[edit]

From 2014 to 2017, Agrawal managed CNN's multi-platform news gathering in South Asia.

Ravi Agrawal at CNN's 2016 Asia Business Forum in Mumbai, India
Ravi Agrawal reporting from the site of a collapsed bridge in Kolkata, India in April 2016
Ravi Agrawal at the Peabody Awards in 2012 in New York City
Ravi Agrawal reporting for CNN's Freedom Project from rural Uttar Pradesh in India.

Agrawal reported on-air for CNN International,[5] and on digital for CNN.com[6] and CNNMoney.com.[7] He covered a breadth of stories from the region, including economics,[8] the environment,[9] foreign policy,[10][11] caste[12] and gender issues,[13] and breaking news stories. Agrawal reported for CNN International's award-winning Freedom Project series, filing a video story on child slaves in rural Uttar Pradesh.[14] He produced from New Delhi high-profile interviews with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi[15] and U.S. President Barack Obama.[16]

CNN's Asia Business Forum in Bengaluru, 2017. Ravi Agrawal in conversation with CNN 'SuperHero' Pushpa Basnet

Agrawal programmed and hosted two editions of the CNN Asia Business Forum, a special thought leadership event the network hosted in Mumbai in 2016, and in Bengaluru in 2017.

Writing about India, Agrawal occasionally contributed to regional newspapers like the South China Morning Post,[17] Singapore's Business Times,[18] and India's Financial Express,[19] in addition to short policy essays for think tanks.[20]

New York[edit]

From 2011 to 2014, Agrawal lived and worked in New York City. He was the Senior Producer of CNN's Sunday world affairs program Fareed Zakaria GPS. Agrawal was part of the program's 2012 Peabody Award-winning team,[21] as well as its three Emmy nominated programs across 2012[22] and 2013.[23]


Agrawal began his career in TV journalism at CNN International in 2006, where he worked across the network's news and business programs. In 2009, he helped launch the London prime time program Connect the World [24] and served as its senior producer.


Agrawal's "India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World's Biggest Democracy" is out in the Fall of 2018 with Oxford University Press, according to the book's Amazon page.[25] Agrawal has previously spoken about the book at the Asia Society's AsiaX speaker series in Washington, D.C.[26] and in appearances on CNN.[27]


Agrawal was born in London, England and raised in Calcutta, India. After finishing high school in India, he attended college at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, where he worked for The Harvard Crimson.[28]

He married Emma Vaughn in 2013.[29]

Until 2016, Agrawal was a Young Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum,[30] and has served a two-year term on the group's Global Agenda Council on India.[31]

In 2016, Agrawal was named an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society in New York.[32]


  1. ^ "Ravi Agrawal – Foreign Policy". Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  2. ^ "CNN Profiles – Ravi Agrawal – India bureau chief – CNN.com". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – Exchange4media". exchange4media.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Ravi Agrawal on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Assessing India's Narendra Modi – CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Opinion: Why India feels jilted by Obama – CNN.com". cnn.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  7. ^ Agrawal, Ravi. "Is India primed for an economic revolution?". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Millions of Indians apply for handful of jobs". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Battling Delhi's pollution – CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  10. ^ "Will China and India be partners -- or rivals?". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  11. ^ "Modi doing away with Indian non-alignment – CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  12. ^ "India's caste system: Outlawed, but still omnipresent". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  13. ^ "What Nirbhaya rape case says about India". CNN. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  14. ^ CNN, Ravi Agrawal,. "School brings hope to child slaves in India". CNN. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  15. ^ "Prime Minister Narendra Modi Speaks to CNN's Fareed Zakaria". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  16. ^ "CNN Profiles - Ravi Agrawal - India bureau chief - CNN". CNN. 
  17. ^ "Technology boom may help Modi turn 2015 into India's year". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  18. ^ Agrawal, Ravi. "Is there a more exciting topic to discuss than India?". The Business Times. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  19. ^ "India and Donald Trump: How 'Make in India' could trump 'America First'". The Financial Express. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  20. ^ "Advice for the 45th U.S. President: Opinions from Across the Pacific". Asia Society. Retrieved 2017-07-15. 
  21. ^ "Fareed Zakaria GPS: Interpretation and Commentary on Iran and The GPS Primetime Special: Restoring the American Dream—Fixing Education". www.peabodyawards.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  22. ^ "Nominees Announced for the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards | The Emmy Awards – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". emmyonline.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  23. ^ "Nominees Announced for the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards | The Emmy Awards – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". emmyonline.com. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  24. ^ "Tonight's the night!". Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  25. ^ Agrawal, Ravi (2018-11-01). India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy. S.l.: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190858650. 
  26. ^ "AsiaX". Asia Society. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  27. ^ What in the World: India's mobile revolution - CNN Video, retrieved 2018-04-15 
  28. ^ "Salaam Bombay! | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson". thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  29. ^ "Santa Catalina School Fall Bulletin 2013". 
  30. ^ "Ravi Agrawal | Global Shapers Community". globalshapers.org. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  31. ^ "Global Agenda Council on India". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  32. ^ "Asia 21 Announces 2016 Class of Young Leaders".