Indian American journalist, author, and TV host, Fareed Zakaria was destinted for greatness from an early age. Bred from a family of scholars, educated at ivy league institutions, and editor of world renown news publications; Zakaria’s reputation is the product of his commitment to the highest level of intellectual excellence. Moreover, he has won the respect and adoration of fans and peers for his critical evaluation of foreign and domestic policy. Seemingly, a political maverick within a climate often polarized by ideological purism, Zakaria’s commitment to ‘centrism’ has earned him a name for himself within the media and journalism.
Zakaria was born in Mumbai, India in 1964. Zakaria’s father, a Muslim scholar and politician, served alongside the Indian National Congress party. His mother, a well-respected editor, worked at the Mumbai Times and The Times of India. The influence of his parents’ success can readily be observed in Zakaria’s ambition. In 1986, he graduated with a BA from Yale University, continuing his education at Harvard University and ultimately earning a doctor of philosophy degree in government. His time at university was marked by his zealous pursuit of politics. President of the Yale Political Union, editor-in-chief of the Yale Political Monthly, member of the Party of the Right, and member of the Scroll and Key Society, Zakaria’s time in college was defined by his unparalleled aspirations and personal achievement.
In fact, it was while directing a research project at Harvard that Zakaria was recruited to become the managing editor of the esteemed Foreign Affairs magazine. A feat unheard of for someone so young. As a result, Zakaria’s career launched. Zakaria’s contributions expand across multiple publications. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. Most notably, becoming a columnist and editor of Newsweek International before becoming the eventual editor of Time Magazine. Zakaria has also penned multiple books. These include, From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role, The Future of Freedom, The Post-American World, and In Defense of a Liberal Education, among other co-authored works.
Arguably, however, Zakaria’s greatest claim to fame is his weekly public affairs show, Fareed Zakaria GPS. The show, which focuses on international and foreign policy issues, features Zakaria leading a panel discussion and conducting one-on-one interviews with political powerhouses. His guests have ranged from Henry Kissinger to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Barack Obama. Zakaria’s free thinking perspective, which airs each Sunday on CNN, has served as an interesting contrast to other televised political segments. Praised for his insightful, originality and comprehensive approach to journalism, Zakaria’s show has earned him a Peabody Award and several Emmy nominations. Furthermore, Zakaria is credited with receiving the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award. The third highest civilian award in India, this honor is meant to recognize individuals who have made meaningful contributions in their respective fields. Zakaria’s work, and every growing legacy, an immaculate embodiment of this commitment. A commitment, that has seemingly come to define the man who has dominated modern journalism.
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