(born February 20
, 1974 in Hong Kong
) is a Canadian CNN International
news anchor, based at the network's London
Monita Rajpal was born in Hong Kong
and is of Indian origin. She spent most of her childhood in Hong Kong before emigrating to Toronto
. In addition to English, she speaks conversational Cantonese, French and Punjabi.
In 1996, Rajpal obtained a B.A.A. (Bachelor of Applied Arts
) degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic University (now Ryerson University
) in Toronto, before moving into television journalism and anchoring on Toronto's Pulse24
news channel. She joined CNN
in 2001, before moving to their London news centre in 2004. Rajpal's primary position at CNN in London is hosting CNN Today
with Max Foster
. She has hosted other CNN programmes such as Design 360
and Global Challenges
and hosted a monthly feature show which is now cancelled.
Rajpal has resided in London since the end of 2004. She is a CNN news anchor on ‘World News’, a live, daily half-hour round-up of international news headlines. She also hosted ‘Art of Life’, CNN’s luxury lifestyle feature show.
Since joining CNN in 2001, Rajpal has anchored many leading global and breaking news stories. In 2007, Rajpal interviewed former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, former Vice President Al Gore and the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benzir Bhutto, along with reporting on Tony Blair’s departure from government. In 2008 and... Read More