30 Facts About Mishal Husain


Mishal Husain was born on 12 March 1973 and is a British newsreader and journalist for BBC Television and BBC Radio.


Mishal Husain is the main Sunday presenter of the BBC News at Ten and BBC Weekend News and one of the main presenters of BBC Radio 4's Today.


Mishal Husain has hosted The Andrew Marr Show, HARDtalk, Impact and BBC Breakfast.


Mishal Husain was born on 12 March 1973 in Northampton, England to Pakistani parents.


Mishal Husain's mother was a teacher and former producer for Pakistan Television Corporation, and her father was a urologist.


Mishal Husain is the granddaughter of Syed Shahid Hamid, the first Director-General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.


Mishal Husain attended the British School in Abu Dhabi; the family were based in Saudi Arabia for a period.


Mishal Husain returned to England at the age of 12 to continue her education at Cobham Hall School, an independent school in Kent.


Mishal Husain read law at New Hall, Cambridge followed by a master's degree in International and Comparative Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


Mishal Husain gained her first experience in journalism at the age of 18, spending three months as a city reporter in Islamabad, Pakistan, at the English-language newspaper The News.


Mishal Husain's first job was at Bloomberg Television in London in 1996, where she was a producer and sometime presenter.


Mishal Husain has interviewed many high-profile figures including Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, Richard Perle, Paul Kagame and Emmerson Mnangagwa.


In 2011, Mishal Husain hosted Impact on BBC World News, but in the spring and summer of 2011 she was engaged in making a documentary on the Arab Spring, for airing in the autumn of 2011.


On 2 December 2011, it was announced that Mishal Husain would be part of the BBC's Olympic Presenting team.


On 16 July 2013, the BBC's Director-General Lord Hall announced that Mishal Husain was to become a presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme in the autumn.


Mishal Husain 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.


Mishal Husain presented her first edition of Today on 7 October 2013, when her co-presenter was John Humphrys.


On 7 November 2013, it was announced that Mishal Husain would be part of the BBC's Commonwealth Games Presenting team.


Mishal Husain is a relief presenter of the BBC News at Six and the main Sunday presenter of the BBC News at Ten.


Mishal Husain won the Broadcaster of the Year Award at the London Press Club Awards in 2015.


In 2013, Mishal Husain interviewed the Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


Mishal Husain continued in this role throughout the second series of Hard Spell.


Mishal Husain appeared in a round of the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind in 2010, coming third out of four.


Mishal Husain is one of the judges for the Amnesty International Media Awards.


Mishal Husain featured on a show entitled Gandhi that was broadcast by the BBC in March 2012.


Mishal Husain featured as the morning anchor presenter on BBC One during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Mishal Husain is an ambassador for the charity Mosaic, which helps young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.


In January 2014, Mishal Husain was awarded the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.


Mishal Husain has written a book, The Skills, a guide for women on how to achieve their career goals.


Amid widespread condemnation of the killing of ISIL hostages in 2014, Mishal Husain voiced support for the use of social media to denounce its extremism.