Warm and engaging, Anjali Rao is a multi-award-winning television journalist and chat show host who has spent 17 years in the top tiers of broadcast news, current affairs and entertainment. Anjali is the host of Dateline, Australia’s longest-running international current affairs program, shown on SBS TV and online worldwide. The show provides stories for Australians about life beyond Australia’s shores.
Formerly an anchor at Sky News in London, Anjali spent six years as anchor of CNN International's weekday breakfast show and host of the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia; both of which air globally to 220 million households.
Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong, educated in the U.K, but is now based in Australia.
Although more familiar to television audiences, Anjali recently spent time co-hosting Sydney radio station 2UE 954 with Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson on the News Talk morning show (9am - 12noon weekdays) presenting the latest in news, entertainment and talk-back. She has also frequently appeared as a panel member and guest host on Network Ten’s The Project.
Anjali is a unique talent who is able to connect with people across all walks of life – from international A-listers to everyday people with a story to tell. Her honest, yet relaxed interview style has made for many revealing conversations with some of the world's highest profile personalities including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, actors Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow, pop star Rihanna, armed robber turned best-selling author of Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts, sporting legends Roger Federer and Kobe Bryant, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld among countless others. Anjali has covered numerous breaking news events, such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Anjali is an accomplished keynote and conference speaker with an impressive resume of corporate events to her name. She is the regular MC for Business Chicks events which has seen her interview the likes of Ita Buttrose and Olivia Newton-John.
Anjali often MCs events for VECCI (Victorian Employer’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry) including their HR breakfast and their Business Leaders Luncheon, and ACCI (Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), hosting their end-of-year dinner in Canberra in November, 2012. She also hosted Westpac’s “100 Women of Influence Awards” in 2012.
Additionally for Advance Australia, Anjali was moderator for their Sydney conference in March 2011 and their host in April 2012, also in Sydney.
Internationally, Anjali has also MC’d the following events:
Mines and Money. Host. Hong Kong March 2012.
ASEAN Tourism Ministers' Conference. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 2011.
CASBAA (Cable and Satellite Broadcasters Association of Asia). Host Oct. 2006 and Oct. 2008.
Asia-Pacific Screen Awards. Host. Gold Coast, QLD. 2008.
Clinton Global Initiative: Moderator New York May 2007 and MC in Hong Kong November 2008.
Effies (global advertising industry awards): MC. Singapore 2007.
United Nations Womens' Conference. Moderator. Seoul, South Korea. 2007.
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