Samira Ahmed is an award winning journalist and broadcaster, and a visiting professor of Journalism at Kingston University with a special focus on culture and its overlap with politics.
She presents the weekly programme Newswatch on BBC One and is one of the main presenters of the BBC Radio 4 Arts programme Front Row. Samira appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef, where she was able to demonstrate her passion for food and cooking.
Samira also presents television coverage of the Proms on BBC4 and previously presented two series of the BBC1 ethics discussion programme, Sunday Morning Live. Her other BBC Radio credits include Radio 3's Free Thinking, Radio 4's Something Understood, Sunday and PM and many documentaries including I Dressed Ziggy Stardust, Riding Into Town (about her love of Westerns) and The Fundamentalist Queen (about the life of Oliver Cromwell's wife). Samira writes regularly on culture and politics in newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent. She has a monthly column in The Big Issue.
Samira was previously a presenter and correspondent at Channel 4 News, where she won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award for her investigation into rape in South Africa and she made the Channel 4 documentary series "Islam Unveiled" about the status of Muslim women around the world.
She has been a reporter on Radio 4's Today Programme and Newsnight, where she uncovered a major charity scandal, and was one of the first journalists to investigate the emergence of radical Islam at British universities. She also covered the OJ Simpson case as BBC's Los Angeles Correspondent.
Her natural competitive streak found an outlet when she won Celebrity Mastermind in 2010.
Samira read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and started her career as a BBC News Trainee.
She speaks German and Hindi/Urdu.
Samira's experience as a conference chair, interviewer and professional moderator include cultural discussions with actors and directors for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Film Institute, and also work for the United Nations, and several UK government departments, including The Home Office, the Department for International Development and the Cabinet Office. She has presented the Civil Service awards for 5 years.
Born and brought up in London, where she lives, Samira is a trustee of two charities: the Michael Palin centre for Stammering Children and the think tank British Future.
She gives school talks and lectures regularly on journalism at a number of universities and hosts an annual student Question Time for 500 sixth formers at St Albans Cathedral.
Her website is www.samiraahmed.co.uk