Network18 announces the hiring of Praveen Swami and Gaurav Kalra to power their respective specializations across its brands and platforms. Praveen has joined as Group Consulting Editor with a specific focus on strategic affairs, defense and diplomacy. He will work across platforms, writing in digital and appearing as a resident commentator on TV. Gaurav Kalra, in his role as Network Sports Editor, will steer the sports coverage across brands and platforms and also oversee the task of positioning and expanding CricketNext.com as the foremost hub for cricket enthusiasts.

Praveen joins Network18 from Indian Express where he was the Strategic Affairs Editor and produced both reportage and analytical commentary on a range of stories related to regional security and geo-strategies. Prior to Indian Express, Praveen was the Resident Editor and Strategic Affairs Editor at The Hindu. He has extensively covered elections, national crisis, and conflicts in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and North-Eastern India. He is an acclaimed writer having authored two books - An Informal War: India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad in Jammu and Kashmir and The Kargil War.

Praveen is a Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace and has graduated with honours from King's College, Cambridge University.

Prior to joining Network18, Gaurav was the Senior Editor at ESPN Cricinfo, an online website dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, updated news on cricket. This is Gaurav's second innings with Network18. He was the Sports Editor at CNN-IBN from 2005-2013 and is an established face in sports coverage. His career started in 1997 with the UK-based sports production company Trans World International.

On the new role, Gaurav commented, "I am looking forward to my second stint at Network18. CricketNext.com has already established a strong presence among the cricket audience and I look forward to leading the effort to expand the scale and scope of the coverage on the platform."

Gaurav, a TV veteran, is also an accomplished writer. His columns have featured on various platforms including the Economic Times & Quint. -dailyhunt