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Monita Rajpal Biography

Monita Rajpal is an independent journalist and blogger with over twenty years experience working in television news. She is known for her work at CNN where for 14 years she was part of award-winning coverage anchoring some of the biggest stories of the last two decades including 9/11, the Asian Tsunami, the London bombings, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the trial of Saddam Hussein, the Arab Spring, Britain’s Royal Wedding, and the London Olympics. In her time at CNN she anchored the network’s flagship breakfast show in London and a prime time news programme in Hong Kong.


Described as a “true talent” by Pharell Williams and “brilliant” by Tom Ford, Rajpal has interviewed numerous celebrities and newsmakers, including Mikhael Gorbachev, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, & Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto. She also specialized in the business of the luxury industry, hosting a series of programs where she interviewed the CEOs of LVMH, Kering, Cartier, Chopard, Tag Heuer, Salvatore Ferragamo, Boucheron, amongst others. 


Rajpal hosted her own talk show ‘Talk Asia with Monita Rajpal’ where she interviewed the biggest names in politics, fashion, sport, music, film, design, and more such as Stella McCartney, Roger Federer, Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany, Cate Blanchett, Vin Diesel, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, the acclaimed architects Cecil Balmond and Thomas Heatherwick, to name just a few. 


Monita has reported from and hosted shows around the world including the Great Wall of China, Kazakhstan, Havana, the Academy Awards in Hollywood, London’s Westminster Abbey, Kuala Lumpur, Rajasthan India, St. Petersburg Russia, Berlin, Paris, and Milan. She has also published numerous articles for various print and online publications including:


Today, Monita works on her news and lifestyle blog,  The Citrine Room, a collection of original and curated pieces reflecting her passion for news and issues that champion racial and gender diversity, mental health, and stories that challenge conventional ways of thinking and being. 

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