Dr Chandan Mitra (born December 12, 1955) is an Indian journalist, presently editor and managing director of The Pioneer newspaper in Delhi, India. He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha during August 2003 to August 2009. He was elected to another term in the Rajya Sabha, as a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Madhya Pradesh, in June 2010 to 2016.
Mitra was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta, where he was awarded the Founder’s Gold Medal in 1971. He was a batchmate of Swapan Dasgupta and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta at La Martiniere, and all three went up to St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, together. At St.Stephen’s, Mitra and Shashi Tharoor were to become great friends and Mitra even became campaign manager for Tharoor’s successful campaign to become President of the college’s student union. Mitra received an MA and M.Phil in History at Delhi University as well. He taught for a short while at Hansraj College. In 1984, he was awarded a doctorate degree at Oxford University, where he was a member of Magdalen College, for the thesis “Political mobilisation and the nationalism movement in India, a study of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, 1936-1942 written under supervision of the noted Indian historian Dr Tapan Raychaudhuri].
Mitra started in journalism as Assistant Editor with The Statesman in Kolkata before he moved to the Times of India in Delhi and then The Sunday Observer; he went on to become Editor of the paper, and later moved to the Hindustan Times as Executive Editor. Mitra left to join The Pioneer as Editor, and eventually bought control of the newspaper from the Thapar family in 1998 when industrialist L. M. Thapar decided to cut his losses.