Kumar, 44, is NDTV India's senior executive editor and one of India's most influential TV journalists who has been reporting real-life and underreported problems of ordinary people, said the award citation by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
"The Indian media is in a state of crisis and this crisis is not accidental or random, but systemic and structural. Being a journalist has become a solitary endeavour...It has become all the more important to evaluate the crisis in the media," he said.
"While I am happy for myself today, I am also filled with sadness looking at the state of profession I represent," Kumar said.
Kumar was among five individuals who were declared winners of the award, which is Asia's highest honour and celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.
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September 10, 2019