BBC Special Correspondent
I come from a working class, South Asian, Muslim family and went to a large comprehensive in South London. I was one of five girls in a sixth form of 250, to go to university in 1981. I studied American Studies at the University of East Anglia and then went to Cardiff to do a post graduate journalism course for a year. I have worked at the BBC for more than 20 years, first at the WORLD SERVICE, where i have reported on British politics, and from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Then changed to arts reporting and was an arts correspondent for ten years, for both radio and television. Last two years, have been Special Correspondent, covering a variety of domestic and foreign stories for BBC News and Presenter of books and arts programmes on News Channel and BBC World. And Presenter on World Service Radio’s flagship programme, Newshour. Interests include international current affairs and the arts.