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Who Is Daljit Dhaliwal?

Daljit Dhaliwal is a journalist who currently hosts PBS's Worldfocus, which focuses on international news coverage neglected by mainstream US media.

Previously Seen...

She first gained attention in the US while anchoring ITN's now-cancelled World News for Public Television from London, seen on various PBS affiliates. Daljit Fever swept the nation, with appearances in magazines and on Letterman. After that she co-anchored Your World Today on CNN International from Atlanta and hosted the weekend edition of World Report. She then hosted the PBS documentary series Wide Angle and did interviews on Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal, a weekly, half-hour international affairs series until the show ended in October 2009.

She has also done occasional presentations for the Channel Four News in the UK, has guest-hosted on NPR's On The Media, and had reported from New York for BBC World News.


She was born in London, her parents having emigrated from India, and is the oldest of four siblings. She has a degree in philosophy and history from Polytechnic of East London (now the University of East London) and a masters in politics, history, and economics from the University of London. Starting as a reporter at the BBC in 1990, covering Northern Ireland, she went on to work at ITN in 1995.

Her birthday is somewhere between early August and October, 1962 (if anyone knows and can confirm the exact date, please email me -- we need to know when to celebrate!) She is 5'2" tall. She was married to American journalist Lee Patrick Sullivan for two years, but they have since divorced. She is currently based in New York.

ATTENTION! I am NOT Daljit Dhaliwal. This is an unofficial fan site. Also, I can't forward messages to her. Sorry. If you would like to contact Daljit, try going through her shows Worldfocus or Foreign Exchange.

Daljit Media Watch


Appearances of, and news pertaining to, Daljit Dhaliwal.

  • 2010-03-18 Worldfocus will go off the air after the April 2nd broadcast due to funding problems. Their blog post gives more details and a video from Daljit explaining the decision. No news yet on what Daljit will be doing next.
  • 2009-09-25 Since Aug. 31, Daljit has been hosting Worldfocus every evening on PBS. You can also watch online -- both full shows and individual segments. Here's her bio on their site, on which you can leave a comment -- or, apparently, poetic odes to her. And here's her statement about joining the show:
    "This is a wonderful opportunity. In a very short-time Worldfocus has become the program to watch for in-depth international news stories showcasing a diverse group of voices through a diverse group of guests. I'm excited to play a more central role in anchoring this newscast as it grows both on-air and online with a more interactive website coming soon. I look forward to working with the entire Worldfocus team."
  • 2008-03-29 Sorry for being a bit late with this, but since January Daljit has had a new gig as the host of Foreign Exchange:

    Azimuth Media and Oregon Public Broadcasting are proud to present a unique weekly series for Public Television, FOREIGN EXCHANGE with Daljit Dhaliwal.

    Foreign Exchange is a weekly, half-hour international affairs series, hosted by acclaimed global journalist Daljit Dhaliwal. The series probes the global questions of the moment from a profound, new perspective. Join Daljit in conversations with international newsmakers, politicians, diplomats, and journalists, as she examines America's role in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.

    Here's their Daljit bio, a broadcast schedule, and their archives in case it's not on in your area. Also, for all of you constantly emailing me asking to get in contact with Daljit, there's good news in their FAQ (the second of the only three questions they are frequently asked, apparently):

    Will Daljit get the email that I send?

    ANSWER: Yes. All the email that is sent to the show is forwarded to Daljit.

    With her defection to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Republic of Cascadia will be unstoppable!

  • 2007-08-31 Back in July, Daljit did an interview with the Gothamist. Topics include Wide Angle, American exposure to international news, the bluring lines between celebrity and serious news, field work vs. studio work, and, since this is the Gothamist, her views on New York. Also, two very lovely photos.
  • 2007-06-12 The Celebration of Teaching & Learning site now has a brief video from Daljit's panel discussion: "Daljit Dhaliwal and the PEARL reporters discuss journalism as a passion, and why the environment is an important subject for young journalists."
  • 2007-05-28 Here's something I missed: a transcript of a live chat with Daljit from back in January as a lead in to the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference, in which she answered many questions about journalism (and we learn she speaks non-fluent Punjabi without an accent and enough Spanish to go to Spain and order wine).

    Also, be sure to tune in for the season premiere of Wide Angle on Tuesday, July 3 at 9pm. The film, titled The People's Court, is about the legal system in China. Daljit's end interview will be with a "foreign policy expert to examine the global implications of China's legal reforms and connect the dots for American viewers".

  • 2007-02-02 On March 23, Daljit will be speaking at the second annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning conference in New York. (Her bio page on their site.) Here's the description for her appearance (with links added):
    2:30 pm-3:30 pm
    iEARN's PEARL World Youth News Project: The Student World View
    Daljit Dhaliwal and the PEARL World Youth Reporters (iEARN)
    The PEARL Reporters are young people from around the world who are reporting their news stories onto the Daniel Pearl World Youth News Service. Reporters attending the Celebration will come from Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, Israel, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the U.S.
  • 2007-01-31 On Friday, Feb. 2, Daljit will be moderating a panel discussion called Translating the World: Engaging Americans in International Journalism at New York University.
  • 2006-11-08 Little late, but... On Oct, 28, Daljit emceed the American India Foundation's fifth anniversary gala fundraiser held in Anaheim, California, where she "kept the program moving well with her crisp introductions and witty remarks."
  • 2006-09-15 According to the New York Times, Daljit will be conducting "Academy Awards-style interviews" of celebrities -- including Sean Connery, David Bowie, and Al Roker -- at a public gala for the opening-night performance of "Madama Butterfly" at the Metropolitan Opera on Sept. 25. The interviews will be simulcast on the Panasonic jumbo screen in Times Square and screens at Lincoln Center Plaza.
  • Older sightings...

If you know of any upcoming appearances, projects, or unreported news involving Daljit, please email me.



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External Links

Daljit's entry on Wikipedia
Perhaps a more up-to-date bio than mine.
Knight Ayton Management
Her agent.
IF Management
Her US agent.
SAJA Speaker Profile
South Asian Journalists Association has a short biography of her, plus pictures and audio from a 1999 SAJA dinner and awards ceremony.
Analysis Of "Daljit"
What the name "Daljit" tells us about a person. From the Kabalarians. (Hey, it's changed! And for the more accurate I see: "Hair loss could also be a problem." She DID get her hair cut much shorter!)
Top is from Current Biography.
Sidebar is from George Magazine.

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