K G Suresh is currently serving as Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication – India’s premier media training institution. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Senior Consulting Editor with Doordarshan News, India’s public news broadcaster; Editorial Consultant with Asianet News Network; Chief Political Correspondent with Press Trust of India and Group Media Advisor to Dalmia Bharat Enterprises Ltd.
Mr Suresh is a Member of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Governing Council, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune; Society of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata; Board of Management, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi Research Committee of Indian Council of Social Science Research; Advisory Council, Delhi School of Journalism, University of Delhi; General Council of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication, Bhopal; and Academic Council, Central University of Himachal Pradesh. Suresh is a Member of the Board of Directors of Hindusthan Samachar, India’s oldest multi-lingual news agency.
After taking over as DG, Mr Suresh has given a major push to Indian language journalism at the prestigious institute introducing Marathi and Malayalam Journalism from its Amravati, Maharashtra and Kottayam, Kerala campus respectively, besides upgrading the certificate programme in Urdu at Delhi campus to a full fledged Post Graduate Diploma Programme. In collaboration with the Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, IIMC has now introduced a three month Advanced Certificate Programme in Sanskrit Journalism. He has also set up the Department of Indian Language Journalism apart from the Department of New Media.
His other major initiatives include establishment of the Community Radio Empowerment & Resource Centre at IIMC with a view to promote Community Radio Stations in India and the National Media Faculty Development Centre for training and skill upgradation of media educators across India. He is also credited with reviving IIMC’s peer reviewed quarterly journal ‘Communicator’ and its Hindi version ‘Sanchar Madhyam’ as also the publication wing of the institute besides hosting the prestigious 17th Indian Science Communication Congress at IIMC in December 2017.
As Senior Consulting Editor with Doordarshan News, Mr Suresh played a pivotal role in introducing innovative programmes including Speed News, Vaartavali- The world’s first Sanskrit Television News Magazine, Good News India – positive news from across the country, India First – A strategy and defence based programme and ‘Do Touk’ – a political debating platform, besides DD’s first android enabled App.
Serving PTI in different capacities for over a decade including as Chief Crime Reporter, Deputy Chief Reporter, Special Correspondent and Chief Political Correspondent, Suresh
has travelled across India and the world to cover developments including the Royal Palace Massacre in Nepal, BJP leader L K Advani’s controversial visit to Pakistan, the post Taliban situation in Afghanistan, the cyclone, earthquake and violence in Gujarat, militancy in Kashmir apart from Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections. He has also covered both Houses of Parliament extensively.
A media educator for the last two decades, he has also served as Adjunct Professor at the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication and Visiting Professor with the Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management, run by Govt of NCT Delhi. Mr Suresh was designated Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Peace by Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia.
With a rich professional cross media experience of about three decades, Suresh is the recipient of Prem Bhatia Fellowship for Research in Media by Young Journalists. A post-Graduate in Mass Communications, Mr Suresh successfully completed a Public Health Journalism Experiential Course at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
In December 2017, Suresh was conferred with the PRSI Leadership Award, the highest Award for outstanding contribution to the Public Relations profession, at the 39th All India Public Relations Conference at Visakhapatnamn, Andhra Pradesh.
A TEDx Speaker, Suresh was a Member of the prestigious non-fiction section of Indian Panorama Jury 2017 for the International Film Festival of India, headed by well known film maker Sudhir Mishra, Feature film section of National Film Awards Jury 2017 headed by noted film maker Priyadarshan and the Chairman of its Northern Regional Jury. He was Editor-in-Chief and Member of the International Jury for the Media Colloquium at the prestigious Delhi Sustainable Development Summit -2015, and the only journalist to represent India at the World Media Conference in Seoul in March 2015, organized by leading US daily, The Washington Times. Suresh was on the international jury for the Plural+ International Youth Video Festival 2012, organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organisation for Migration. He was the first Indian to be nominated as a jury since the inception of the festival in 2009.
Suresh chaired the international jury of the 4th Woodpecker International Film Festival-2016, India’s premier festival focusing on issue-based cinema and the jury of the 13th edition of the We Care International Film Festival on disability issues 2016. He was on the jury of the of the National Media Award 2016 instituted by Election Commission of India, CMS-UNICEF Media Fellowship-2016, the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism instituted by the Press Council of India, the UNICEF Radio4child awards 2016, Public Relations Society of India National Awards-2016 & the prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity 2014-15 & 2015-16, organized by Population First.
Suresh has attended and addressed national and international conferences including the keynote address on human rights at the LAWASIA International Conference in New Delhi, the Battle of Ideas panel discussion organized by the UK-based Institute of Ideas and the British Council India, the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit in Tokyo, September 2011, the Fourth Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at Doha, Qatar in December 2011, the Fifth Forum of UNAOC at Vienna, Austria, Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit, New Delhi, October 2013, 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok, June 2015 besides chairing the session on 'Public Policy and Well Being' under the aegis of ICSSR and University of Lausanne at Basel, Switzerland, September 2017.
He has extensively travelled across India and the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Qatar, South Africa among others.