Mishal Husain


A former student of Round Square school, Cobham Hall, and now a BBC broadcaster, Mishal has reported live on location from around the world, including Cairo during the Egyptian revolution and the violence of August 2013, and from Pakistan after the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Benazir Bhutto. 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.

Mishal has presented three critically acclaimed BBC documentaries, most recently ‘Malala – Shot for Going to School’, about the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. Previous series have examined social media in the Arab Spring ('How Facebook Changed the World', 2011) and the life of Mahatma Gandhi for BBC2 in 2009.

Mishal is currently one of the presenters on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and also presents news bulletins on BBC1 as well as appearing on BBC World News. In April 2015, she was named broadcaster of the year at the London Press Club Awards. In December 2015, she was awarded the NEP Visions Presenter Award at the Women in Film and TV Awards. In January 2016, Mishal was named one of the 500 most influential people in Britain by the Sunday Times.

In 2012 Mishal was one of the main hosts for daily coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games and also hosted coverage from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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. As well as being a Round Square Idealist she is an ambassador for the charity Mosaic.


Why I'm an idealist

My parents were inspired by the ideals of Kurt Hahn and the belief in educating the whole person. That in turn has become a part of me, as has the internationalism of the Round Square movement, which helped spark my interest in international news and broadcasting from around the world.


Nerves are healthy. It’s about being on the edge of your seat.