NEW DELHI: Veteran journalist KK Katyal passed away at a local hospital on Wednesday morning after a brief illness at the age of 89.
During his career spanning several decades, he worked with The Statesman, Hindustan Times and The Hindu. He served as the chief of The Hindu’s Delhi bureau when the newspaper launched its edition in the national capital.
Katyal was also the founder president of the India chapter of the South Asia Free Media Association, a body of media persons recognised by the SAARC.
He was awarded the GK Reddy Memorial prize in 1994 by the then PM PV Narsimha Rao for his columns and analyses. Hailing from Jhang, now in Pakistan, he was widely travelled and was known for his extensive political and diplomatic contacts.
He also worked towards improving relations with Pakistan. Katyal is survived by his wife Darshan and daughters Anita and Sugita, who are both journalists. (With agency inputs)