Anjali Rao

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Anjali Rao

Anjali Rao is a global television news anchor and broadcast journalist of Anglo-Indian heritage. She also stars on The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Anjali has spent over 20 years in television journalism, as an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, Sky News UK, Channel 5 UK as well as hosting The Project and Studio 10 on Australia's Channel Ten and for several years on SBS One public affairs program Dateline.[1]


Prior to joining CNN, Rao worked as a producer and reporter at Hong Kong's Wharf Cable Television and at Channel 7 in Melbourne, Australia. She went on to the principal news anchor role at Star TV where she won the top prize at the 2004 Amnesty International Human Rights Press Awards. In 2009, she was named Best Current Affairs Presenter at the Asian Television Awards while anchoring at CNN. Anjali has also been the recipient of a number of other prestigious awards, including a Peabody Award.

Rao is best known in the UK as a presenter for Sky News and Channel 5 news.

Rao was an anchor for CNN International, from January 2006 until her resignation in August 2012. She presented CNN's breakfast show live to the world from the television network's Asia news headquarters in Hong Kong. She also fronted CNN's flagship celebrity chat show TalkAsia, interviewing household names such as U.S President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Karl Lagerfeld, Rihanna, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Roger Federer among many others.

As of Feb 19, 2020, Anjali has been cast as the newest member of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Hong Kong, Rao was educated mainly in the UK at Cobham Hall, Kent, and King's Canterbury, Kent, followed by London's City University, where she earned a bachelor's degree with Honours in Sociology and Media Studies.[2] Her father was Indian doctor from a Bangalore family but born in Burma. He died at 55 when Anjali was almost 5 years old. Her mother, Cynthia, is from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia and now lives in the UK.[3]

Rao lives in Melbourne, and has one son from her marriage to Brett Gullan. [4]


  1. ^ O'Dwyer, Erin (18 May 2014). "Change of Heart-20140513-387np.html". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Anjali Rao". Anchors & reporters. CNN. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  3. ^ Contact Us (15 August 2013). "News | Anjali Rao's date with destiny". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Anjali Rao husband - Show and Tell". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2014.

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Preceded by
Yalda Hakim

February 2013 - December 2014
Succeeded by