Mallika Kapur is CNNs Mumbai-based international correspondent and is responsible for the networks coverage from Indias financial capital.
She has reported extensively on a wide range of key political, economic, social and environmental stories from the region. Her recent assignments include covering the landmark Indian General Elections 2014 where she reported on issues ranging from inflation and corruption to the concerns of the country's first time voters.
She spent many weeks reporting on the story of Lakhan Kale, a homeless 9-year old with cerebral palsy. Her stories led to an outpouring of support from across the globe, and a series of initiatives culminating with his admission into a school for children with special needs and a home for him and his caregiver grandmother.
Kapur continues to report extensively on the issue of women's safety in India. She covered the brutal gang-rape in New Delhi in December 2012 and its aftermath including the widespread movement against gender violence throughout the country.
Kapur has covered numerous economic stories for the network including currency fluctuations, Indias emergence as an innovation hub and the countrys efforts to regain economic growth. She has interviewed prominent business leaders including Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra and ICICI Bank MD and CEO, Chanda Kochhar.
She contributes stories to CNN's Freedom Project which continues to expose human trafficking and modern day slavery in countries worldwide. She led the documentary Trapped by Tradition which shone a light on the appalling tradition under which many young girls and women in the Bharatpur district of North India were sold into sexual slavery by their own family members. The documentary was awarded the Gold Medal at the prestigious New York Festivals International Film and TV Awards 2012. She has also reported extensively on bonded labor in the brick kilns of Southern India including physical brutality faced by the workers and the rescue and rehabilitation efforts for freed bonded laborers.
Her other assignments from India have included an interview with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, the visit of President Barack Obama to India, the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, and the Asian Tsunami from the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India in 2004.
Before moving to Mumbai, Kapur worked as an anchor on shows from the networks London and Hong Kong bureaus and reported extensively from the London Stock Exchange. Kapur has been reporting for CNN since 2002. Before joining the network, she worked for CNBC in New York and Singapore.
Kapur is Indian and was born in Calcutta. She graduated with a BA (Honors) in International Relations from Brown University, USA, and went on to do a Masters in Broadcast Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Her journalistic career began with an internship at The Statesman newspaper in Calcutta, India.