Tanya Datta is a London-based journalist specialising in foreign affairs. She started out in journalism in 1994 when she landed a job as Women’s Editor on the India Mail, a weekly newspaper aimed at British Asians. Despite never having written an article before, her news features about Asian women soon attracted the attention of the BBC and she began to report freelance for the network.
Tanya is a graduate of Oxford University with a degree in English Literature. In 1996, she won the prestigious Scott Trust Bursary to study journalism at City University and went on to be selected as an ITN News Trainee. In 2000, Tanya returned to the BBC full time spending seven years on Radio 4’s award-winning foreign reportage series, Crossing Continents. She also reported for Five Live radio, BBC World Service and the TV network, BBC2, in addition to writing for print media.
In 2007, Tanya became freelance and has since reported for Channel 4’s foreign affairs strand, Unreported World, as well as MTV. This year, she was a presenter on BBC2’s recent globetrotting series, Explore. It's no surprise then that Tanya has travelled extensively, visiting more than 40 countries worldwide. Over the years, she has investigated claims of sexual abuse and murder against India’s most powerful Godman, Sai Baba. In the UK, she has explored inter-ethnic racism between Britain's Black and Asian communities. Recently, she examined the worrying impact of GM Soya farming in Paraguay which was shortlisted for a One World Environment award.