BBC Breakfast presenter, Naga Munchetty, presented yesterdays Panorama episode, March 8th 2021. The show aired on BBC One and was titled: Let’s Talk About Race.

Naga Munchetty is a popular journalist and television host who has worked for the BBC since 2008. She is favoured for interviewing people with ease and approachability.

Following the Panorama episode which explored stories of racism, many viewers are interested to know what Naga’s ethnic background is.

What is Naga Munchetty’s ethnicity?

  • Naga Munchetty is English by birth and is multi-racial. Her father is Mauritanian, and her mother is Indian.

Naga was born in Streatham, South London on February 25th 1975 making her 45 years old. Lots of Naga’s extended family lived abroad so when Naga was eight years old, she travelled to India to meet her mum’s parents. Then as she turned 12, she went to Mauritius to meet her father’s side of the family and his parents.

Her mother, Muthu Chendriah, and her father moved to the United Kingdom in the 1970s when they moved to Wales to study. Her mum began studying dentistry and her dad trained as a nurse. They then moved to England, got married and had two children, Naga and her sister Mimi.

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As a young girl, Naga found it hard to spell her full name, Subha Nagalakshmi Munchetty-Chendriah. After her struggle, her mum started calling her Naga for short; the meaning of her name is cobra.

Television presenter hosts “Let’s Talk about Race”

In the episode, Naga explained how she felt after receiving backlash from expressing her views on a tweet by Donald Trump during a Breakfast show in July 2019. She also explored the reactions to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and shared some of the racist abuse she’s experienced just from presenting on BBC.

Last year, a worldwide conversation about racism was started following the killing of George Floyd. Naga Munchetty continued the conversation as she discovered what race and racism meant in the UK today. She travelled across the country to hear stories from people opening up about their experiences with racism and also shared some of her earliest experiences with racial abuse.

Naga told a personal story during the one-hour episode and shared: “I’ve experienced racism too.

“You never forget your first time. I was 7 when someone I thought was a friend at school said we could no longer hang out because I was a P-word.

“The sense of shame was overwhelming. I was told I didn’t belong when up until then, I assumed I did. From that moment on, I knew I was seen as different.”

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