Mishal Husain

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Person.png Mishal Husain   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Newsreader, journalist)
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Northampton, England
Alma materThe British School – Al Khubairat, New Hall (Cambridge), European University Institute
SpouseMeekal Hashmi
Career BBC journalist, Washington correspondent before 2003 Iraq War. Granddaughter of the first General Director of the (British-created) Inter-Services Intelligence for the Pakistani Army.

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In office
2011 - Present
Made propaganda documentations on Arab Spring, Malala Yousafzai and Brexit

Employment.png Washington correspondent

In office
September 2002 - 2003
In the build-up to the invasion of Iraq

Mishal Husain 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.[1] [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]

Mishal Husain has presented four BBC documentaries and series, mostly propaganda on subjects of interest of the deep state: Malala – Shot for Going to School; How Facebook Changed the World – the Arab Spring, published in autumn 2011; a three-part series on the life of Mahatma Gandhi; and Britain & Europe – The Immigration Question, broadcast in the days before the 2016 EU Referendum vote.[11]

On 8 May 2010, she published an autobiographical essay in The Independent based on a nostalgia trip to the UAE.[12] In 2011, Husain hosted Impact on BBC World News.

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.[13] Husain presented her first edition of Today on 7 October 2013, when her co-presenter was John Humphrys.[14] On 7 November 2013, it was announced that Husain would be part of the BBCs Commonwealth Games Presenting team.[15] 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.[16]

On 27 November 2017, she recorded an interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.[17]


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


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014World Economic Forum
2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
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  1. Victoria Ward, "Today programme appoints Mishal Husain to replace James Naughtie", telegraph.co.uk, 16 July 2013.
  2. "Mishal Husain Biography"
  3. BBC One News At Six feature on then-Indian Army involvement in World War Two. 2 September 2020.
  4. a b http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/tv-radio/article2448175.ece
  5. =http://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/bbcs-mishal-husain-from-uae-to-us-to-china#full
  6. BBC One News At Six feature on then-Indian Army involvement in World War Two. 2 September 2020.
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/jul/16/mishal-husain-bbc-radio-4-today?
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20100905074939/http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies/biogs/bbc_world/mishalhusain.shtml
  9. http://www.newslinemagazine.com/2004/01/top-of-the-world/
  10. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42806057
  11. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/1pRyL8J7mJJM4NF7dKrRSJP/mishal-husain
  12. https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/middle-east/a-return-to-the-emirates-mishal-husains-journey-back-to-the-uae-was-a-family-holiday-with-a-difference-1965752.html
  13. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/10182060/Today-programme-appoints-Mishal-Husain-to-replace-James-Naughtie.html
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/oct/07/mishal-husain-debut-today-radio-4-review
  15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/15998810.stm
  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32315455
  17. https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2017112844346/mishal-husain-picked-prince-harry/
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