Mishal Husain is presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme. Previously, Mishal presented news bulletins on BBC1 and is also known internationally for her work on BBC World News, where she fronted the flagship programme Impact with Mishal Husain. She was one of the main hosts for daily coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games on the BBC and has also presented BBC2’s Newsnight.
“I have long believed in the power of role models and it is heart-warming to see the vital work Mosaic is doing. I hope more young professionals across the country sign up as mentors and see Mosaic as a way to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
Mishal has reported from around the world for the BBC and presented live programmes on location including from Pakistan after the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Benazir Bhutto, from Cairo during the Egyptian revolution and from China during the Beijing Olympics. She is also well known for her work from the United States as the BBC’s first Washington-based anchor, where her nightly news programmes developed a keen following.
She has also presented two critically acclaimed BBC documentary series, one on the life on Mahatma Gandhi and the other in 2011 on the use of social media by activists during the Arab Spring. ‘How Facebook Changed the World’ saw Mishal travel to five countries across the Arab world, with the Observer calling it ‘a remarkable history lesson’.
Mishal’s diverse talents have also taken her to a range of other BBC programmes, including ‘From our Own Correspondent’ on BBC radio, and ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ for BBC television.
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 chaired the judging panel for the prestigious Orange Prize for New Writers, and was also named by The Times as one of the five most influential Muslim women in the UK. Apart from Mosaic, she is also an ambassador for the charities Operation Smile and the British Asian Trust.