Saral Gurung is a national award-winning investigative journalist and a documentary filmmaker. He is currently a reporter covering defense, crime and security in Kantipur Television. He is hosting a live show live with Saral on facebook. Televsion Network. Before joining KTV in 2013, Gurung was a reporter for Sagarmatha TV.
Saral Gurung was born in Tanahun district and aspired to become a journalist from a young age. Saral Gurung completed his bachelor’s and master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Gurung with his inquisitive nature and passion for journalism, moved to Kathmandu to achieve his dream.
Journalistic Career Begins:
His illustrious career in journalism started in Nepal FM 98.1 as a Radio Program Presenter/Reporter in 2006. He produced and presented a radio program and dozens of radio reports. Gurung entered Television journalism in 2008 as a reporter in Sagarmatha Televsion (Nepal’s first news channel) where he reported on daily crime, security and social development issues. He hosted a program Reporter’s dairy in Sagarmatha Television. He later left STV to join Kantipur Media Group as a Sub-editor. He hosted a program Kantipur aja in KTV. Saral Gurung has produced and directed four documentaries: ‘Hodchhe’, Journey to Home, Child in tent and Rising Nubri. His latest documentary Journey to Home was selected for screening in Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, 2014. Gurung is also trained in Environmental Journalism by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalist and Rosa Lexumburg Foundation (RSL) in Germany and Investigative Journalism by Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ). He also attended Local development journalism training programe by Nepal government, Ministry of Local development and Crime investigation workshop and Defense Correspondent Orientation Program by Nepal Army. During his total career till date, Saral Gurung has won a defamation lawsuit filed against him for an investigative reporting. Gurung has also covered major national stories: conflicts and natural disasters. He has covered Nepalese Constituent Assembly election, 2013, 18th South Asian Association for Regional Co- operation (SAARC) Summit 26–27 November 2014 in Kathmandu. As a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, the KTV reporter was on his way back to the capital, immediately after he started reporting the devastation caused by the natural disaster, as a one-man band working primarily with his phone. Saral covered the earthquake and the aftermath reporting from major dangerous hotspots, including Gorkha, Sindupalchowk, Dolokha, and Kathmandu valley. Among his much recognition, he received Risky Earthquake Journalism Appreciation 2015. He was also honored National Television Award 2015 by Television Artist Organization and Television Journalism Award in 2014 from Nepal Television for his excellence journalism. He was also honored National Television Award 2015 by Television Artist Organization. In 2012 the Nubri Youth and Development Committee presented him the Remote Journalism Appreciation award and the Martyr Memorial Society Nepal awarded him with Journalism Appreciation.