- Visiting Professor
Maya Sharma has been a television journalist for over 30 years – as reporter, anchor and documentary film maker. She has been with New Delhi Television since 1995.
She is a Fulbright scholar from Syracuse University, New York and has won several awards for her professional work.
Maya was among the first trained television journalists in India, with training at FTII and at CPC,New Delhi. Maya was part of the pioneering live telecast of election results in India in 1989 conducted by Prannoy Roy’s NDTV and Doordarshan – introducing a brand new way of covering election results, including live interviews with candidates and newsmakers, This has been followed by extensive political reporting in all the southern states including coverage of state and general elections since 1989 upto the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the collapse of the Karnataka coalition govenment in 2019. Political reporting is a major focus of her work.
As a television reporter, Maya has covered major news stories ranging from the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, the Mangalore air crash, the crimes and death of Veerappan, floods in Karnataka and Kerala, farmer distress and different aspects of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Maya‘s international assignments include the swearing in of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa in 1994. She has also reported from Malaysia on the ASEAN summit ,from Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, USA and the Czech Republic on annual international educational events. She has also reported from the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and Washington.
Maya has reported on gender issues, crime,civic issues, business, sports and environmental issues – with a special focus on wildlife and animal welfare – an issue very dear to her heart.
As an anchor, Maya has presented live national news bulletins and also discussion shows with audiences, including a weekly show, Agenda, on issues facing Bengaluru and Karnataka
She has also anchored, directed and produced several documentaries. The subjects include the then new call-centre phenomenon in Bengaluru, child adoption, illegal mining in Ballari, environmental issues and an award-winning feature on the transformation of Bengaluru.