He replaces Deepak Sandhu, who was appointed to the post last year after the then Media Adviser, Sanjaya Baru, took up a teaching assignment in Singapore.
Deepak Sandhu has been shifted to the Central Information Commission as its member.
Khare (62) is presently Senior Associate Editor of The Hindu, and is expected to take over next week. He also worked as Resident Editor of the Times of India, Ahmedabad. He also worked for the Hindustan Times from 1981 to 1985.
In his capacity as the media adviser to the prime minister, Khare will hold the rank of a secretary to the Government of India.
Khare is a seasoned journalist, who has made his mark in Indian journalism because of his incisive comments on politics and administration.
He has a PhD in Political Science from Yale University and has enjoyed an illustrious career in journalism for over 35 years.