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31 March 1980 (age 41), Scunthorpe, United Kingdom

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Anushka Asthana (born 1980) is a British Journalist and former newsreader. Since early 2016, with Heather Stewart, she has worked as the joint political editor of The Guardian newspaper.


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Early life

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Asthana was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, and raised in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. Her parents, both doctors, moved to the United Kingdom from New Delhi, India in the 1970s.


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Asthana attended the private school Manchester High School for Girls and read economics at Cambridge University.


Asthana joined The Observer as a general reporter in 2003 and spent several months at The Washington Post in 2006. Later she was a political correspondent for The Times before beginning to work for Sky News in 2013 as a political correspondent.

In succession to Patrick Wintour, Asthana was appointed in December 2015 as the joint political editor of The Guardian, in a job share arrangement with Heather Stewart which began in early 2016.

From 23 April 2017, Anushka covered the maternity leave of Allegra Stratton as the co-presenter of Peston on Sunday.


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