Mishal Husain

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(Newsreader, journalist)
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Born1973-02-11
Northampton, England
NationalityBritish
Alma materThe British School – Al Khubairat, New Hall (Cambridge), European University Institute
Children3
SpouseMeekal Hashmi
Career BBC journalist, Washington correspondent before 2003 Iraq War

Mishal Husain (born 11 February 1973)[1] is a British news presenter for the BBC, who appears on the Today Programme, BBC World News and BBC Weekend News. She was previously a presenter on HARDtalk and BBC Breakfast.[2]

She is the granddaughter of Syed Shahid Hamid, the first General Director of the (British-created) Inter-Services Intelligence for the Pakistani Army.[3]

Early life

Husain was born in Northampton, England[4] to Pakistani parents. Her mother was a teacher and former producer for Pakistan Television Corporation, while her father was a doctor.[5]

She is the granddaughter of Syed Shahid Hamid the 1st Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence of the Pakistan Army.[6]

Husain attended the British School in Abu Dhabi; the family were also based in Saudi Arabia for a period.[7] Husain returned to England at the age of 12 to continue her education at Cobham Hall School, an independent school in Kent.[4] She read law at New Hall, Cambridge, now Murray Edwards College, Cambridge followed by a master's degree in International and Comparative Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.[8][9]

Journalism career

Husain gained her first experience of journalism at the age of 18, spending three months as a city reporter in Islamabad, Pakistan, at the English-language newspaper The News. Then, while at university, she did several stints at the BBC as work experience.

Her first job was at Bloomberg Television in London from 1996, where she was a producer and sometime presenter. Two years later, in 1998, she joined the BBC as a junior producer in the newsroom and for the News 24 channel, and then in the Economics and Business Unit. Within a few months she moved in front of the camera and has since worked in a variety of roles: on the daily Breakfast programme, on Asia Business Report (based in Singapore), and as a presenter of business news on both BBC World News and the BBC News Channel.

From September 2002 she was the corporation's Washington correspondent, serving as the main news anchor through the buildup to the invasion of Iraq and during the war. She has interviewed many high-profile figures including Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, Richard Perle, Paul Kagame and Emmerson Mnangagwa.[10]

On 8 May 2010, she published an autobiographical essay in The Independent based on a nostalgia trip to the UAE.[11] In 2011, Husain hosted Impact on BBC World News, but in spring and summer 2011 she was engaged on making a documentary on the Arab Spring, for airing in the autumn of 2011. She presents the Sunday evening editions of the BBC Weekend News on BBC One. On 2 December 2011, it was announced that Husain would be part of the BBC's Olympic Presenting team.

On 17 March 2013 she presented the last News at Ten. On 16 July 2013, the BBC's Director-General Lord Hall announced that Husain was to become a presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme in the autumn. She continues to be the main presenter of the Sunday evening editions of the BBC News at Ten on BBC One and on occasions on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel.[12] Husain presented her first edition of Today on 7 October 2013, when her co-presenter was John Humphrys.[13] On 7 November 2013, it was announced that Husain would be part of the BBCs Commonwealth Games Presenting team.[14] Husain is also a relief presenter of the BBC News at Six and the main Sunday presenter of the BBC News at Ten. She has occasionally presented Newsnight on BBC Two.

Husain won the Broadcaster of the Year Award at the London Press Club Awards in 2015.[15]

On 27 November 2017, she recorded an interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.[16]


 

A Document by Mishal Husain

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:There is no military solution in North KoreaInterview5 September 2017North Korea
Bill Rammell
Donald Trump
Kim Jong-un
Former Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell says the United States needs to bring the international community together more effectively over North Korea
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