Ramachandra Murthy Kondubhatla, born at Tallada village in Khammam district of Telangana, is a journalist and author, and has been active in social service, including in Dalit upliftment. A journalist since 1973, he is at present Adviser (Public Policy) to the Andhra Pradesh government. He holds a postgraduate (MA) degree in Political Science, PhD in management, and a postgraduate degree in Journalism from Osmania University. Versatile in both Telugu and English languages, Dr Murthy has the distinction of launching several newspapers and media houses. He has been Editor of four Telugu-language dailies - Udayam, Vartha, Andhra Jyothy and Sakshi. He was Managing Director of a media company, Hyderabad Media House, and the founder-CEO of HMTV, a Telugu news channel, and founder-Chief Editor of The Hans India, an English daily. He has played a catalytic role in getting the SC & ST Sub Plan Act passed by the AP Assembly in 2013, and organised a series of 26 town hall meetings under the banner 'Andhra Pradesh Dasa-Disa' on the issue of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in all the districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh. He is author of books in Telugu and English and has received numerous awards for his work in journalism and social service.