Sh Upendrra Rai (born 16 January 1982) is an Indian journalist and writer. He is Chairman & Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Bharat Express News Network. Earlier he was working as CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Sahara India Media. He has worked as CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Tehelka. Sahara News Network as its Group CEO and Editor-in-Chief, looking after the functioning of Sahara Samay Channel along with Samay UP/ Uttarakhand, Samay Bihar/Jharkhand, Samay MP/CG, Samay Rajasthan, Aalami Samay and Rashtriya Sahara Hindi Daily. He resigned from Sahara News Network recently in Oct 2022 and has started his own media house Bharat Express News Network . He has also founded ‘The Printlines Media Group’ in 2016 as its chairman and Editor-in Chief Sh Upendrra Rai was born in the village Sherpur, Ghazipur. He got his early education at village Sherpur & Inter College Mohammadabad in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh and completed his graduation from University of Lucknow. He moved to Mumbai to pursue his career as Chief of Bureau of Rashtriya Sahara. In Mumbai he got Master of Business Administration from SVKM’s NMIMS. Sh Upendrra Rai started his career as a correspondent in the year 1997 with Sahara News Network while pursuing his graduation at University of Lucknow. In October 2002 he joined Star News (Now ABP News) then in August 2004 he joined Network 18 where he worked as the member of launching team of CNBC Awaaz/CNBC TV18. He later joined Star News again (renamed ABP News) in year October 2005 as Principal Correspondent, where he did path-breaking stories related to Taxation, Business, Politics and Entertainment. In November, 2009 he moved to Sahara News Network as Editor and News Director. However he left Sahara News Network in 2016 and started working as CEO and editor-in-chief of Tehelka.I n September 2019 he came back to the fold of Sahara News Network again as Executive Director , CEO & Editor In Chief in Sept 2019 and now established Bharat News Network. Sh Upendra Rai did many big stories while working with Star News (ABP News). He unearthed demat account scandal in October 2005. Likewise, he broke the story of stud farm owner Hasan Ali in January 2007, which resulted in government agencies actions on Ali.
Star Achiever Award in 2006
Star Patrakar Ratna Award in 2007
Indian Television Academy Awards for best reporting among Hindi news channels, 2007
Lions Gold Awards by Lions Clubs International, Mumbai, 2008
Lions Gold Awards by Lions Clubs International, Mumbai, 2009
Bharosa Patrakar Samman with Javed Akhtar, 2010
National Integration Award, Hubli, Karnataka, December 2010
National Excellence Award, World Book of Records, London, 2019
Lions Club Entrepreneur Excellence Award , Delhi , Feb 2020
Hindi Patrakarita Samman award, Patna , Sept 2021
Urdu Sammaan award, Patna , March 2022
Shabad Rishi Samman, Indore , April 2022
Felicitated for committed and bold journalism in the British House of Lords, London in June 2022.