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Mishal Husain

Mishal Husain

BBC World News presenter


Mishal Husain is a familiar face on BBC World News as the presenter of the east Asia-focused World News Today, and also to viewers in the UK where she presents BBC One's Sunday evening News At Ten.

Her diverse talents have been seen on a range of BBC programmes including Hardtalk Extra, BBC One's Breakfast show and Radio 4 news and current affairs.

Mishal is particularly well known in the fiercely competitive television market in the United States, helping establish the BBC brand there as its first Washington-based anchor. Her nightly news programmes in 2002 and 2003 developed a keen following around the time of the Iraq war.

She is also known for presenting live on location for the BBC, including for the Beijing Olympics, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's 60th anniversary and the 2004 US presidential election campaign.

Her ventures outside news and current affairs have included being the questioner on BBC Two's The Cram in 2004 and BBC One's Hardspell and Starspell in 2005. She has also been paired up with rescue dog Robson to compete in BBC Two's Underdogs in 2007.

Mishal was born in the UK in 1973 but grew up in the Middle East. She was educated at Cambridge University, where she read law, and went on to complete a Masters in Law at the European University Institute in Florence.

In 2009 she was named by The Times as one of five most influential Muslim women in the UK. She is also chairing this year's Orange Prize for New Writers and filming a BBC documentary on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

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