Mr. Utpal Chatterjee – the renowned journalist is the new Sheriff of Calcutta
Kolkata, 11th January 2010: Mr. Utpal Chatterjee took charge as the new Sheriff of Calcutta today at the Office of Sheriff, Kolkata High Court. The Deputy Sheriff of Calcutta, Mr. Biswajeet Mitra handed over the office of Sheriff to him.
Among the most widely travelled and experienced Indian journalists, Mr. Utpal Chatterjee (born 1949), who has done his graduate studies with Honours in English (1969), post graduate studies in the same subject (1971) and has visited the University of Oxford for his fellowship in journalism, has covered many events and assignments of national and international significance. These range from foreign and political, human interest and environment to culture and economics.
From accompanying the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as part of his media delegation to the Stockholm Disarmament Summit (1988) to chasing US Presidential candidates coast to coast (1988 &1992), from interviewing the likes of British Prime Ministers to surviving a bomb blast in Belfast (1988), from breaking news of armed rebellion brewing in Tibet (1986) to meeting Burmese dissident leader Aung Sanf Suu Kyi (1994) to covering Caribbean politics (1990) and anchoring Indian Parliamentary elections on Doordarshan, Mr. Chatterjee has travelled on assignment or official invitation 45 times outside India, interviewed 16 Heads of State and seven Nobel laureates. Having worked for several national dailies, he is on the panel of experts of the Radio Five, London, since 1996.
Mr. Chatterjee completed a 10 year stint with The Times of India as Deputy Editor and then was the Executive Editor and Director of the prestigious journal Business Economics.
In July 2006, he was appointed Associate Editor for India of the LEADERS, the very high profile, elitist global journal headquartered in New York, the circulation of which is strictly monitored and confined to heads of states, cabinet ministers the world over, CEOs, CFOs, Nobel Laureates and leaders in various fields of human endeavours including public service.
Starting March 1, 2007, Mr. Chatterjee was invited to be associated with the Indian institute of Social Welfare and Business Management. In 2005, he was on a month long trip to the Federal Republic of Germany (where he led a 14 nation delegation comprising media personalities from Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe) to the European Union Media Summit at Potsdam off Berlin and subsequently to Great Britain as an official guest of the respective foreign ministries of the two countries.
He had earlier been on a 10 day goodwill visit to Pakistan where he met and interviewed major political and industrial personalities. He was also elected the Honorary Additional Secretary General of the Federation of the Union Nations Associations in India for a two year term. He was recently in Germany where he led a team of young professionals on a group study exchange (GSE) programme.