Mrinal Pande is a veteran journalist, television personality, and author. She writes fiction, plays, and essays in Hindi and English. She was the first woman Editor-in-Chief of the multi-edition Hindi daily, Hindustan. The first woman to be Secretary-General of the Editors’ Guild of India, she is also the Founder-President of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, a national body of India’s women journalists. She was also Chairperson of India's public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, from April 2010 to March 2014. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 for her services in the field of journalism.