Anadolu Agency/ Basmuhabir (Senior Journalist)/ Oct 2014 - Sept 2018
Main responsibilities included copy editing stories and handling pitches from Turkey, Europe, Africa and Asia regions for the English service of semi-official Turkish state news wire. On average, I met the challenge of editing around 30 stories per 8-hour shift.
Gulf Times/ Staff Reporter/ February 2013- September 2014
I was one of the main reporters on the national news desk, covering a wide range of beats for the daily, including diplomacy, culture, arts and business. I wrote several front-page stories, including on migrant workers and world leaders.
U.S. McClatchy Media/ Special Correspondent/ June 2014 – September 2014
My reports for the U.S. media group from Qatar appeared in 29 regional newspapers in 15 American states.
The Express Tribune/ Investigative Reporter/ March 2010 till Nov 2012
As the main investigative reporter for the media group based in Karachi, I produced over 300 in-depth reports covering crime and terrorism, political, social and health-related issues.
Agence France-Presse/ Stringer/ May 2012 till Jan 2013
My job included giving quick news updates on major incidents in the mega city and the Sindh province region. Whether it was a major terrorist act or a drive-by shooting incident involving a UN official, I met the challenge of breaking the news first for AFP.
Dawn daily/Dawn.com/Senior Reporter/ January 2008 till March 2010
Main responsibilities included producing investigative pieces and routine stories; I also worked as a ‘shift in-charge’ responsible for managing the online news desk. I produced a wide range of multimedia content, including audio/visual slideshows.
Dawn daily/Senior Subeditor and Reporter/ December 2006 till January 2008
I was responsible for editing the front, back and national pages. I also wrote in-depth features and stories for the metropolitan and weekly magazine sections of the newspaper.
Dawn.com/ Content Coordinator cum Subeditor-March 2005 till November 2006
Work scope involved editing news; drawing up poll questions; managing daily and weekly e-newsletters; brainstorming/planning/writing reports for the new version of the site and managing the epaper (epaper.dawn.com).
SPIDER/Reporter-June2003 till November 2004
Spider was the first Internet and Telecom industry-focused monthly magazine of Pakistan. Major accomplishments included writing more than 40 features, cover page stories and interviewing various diversified personalities during this period.
I have also written features for monthly investigative news magazines in Pakistan such as Herald, Newsline and popular online sites such as Chowk.com. I have also contributed to the Tolonews portal in Afghanistan.
In June 2014, I appeared on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and the the U.S. news network NBC from Doha as an analyst in news packages about the release of five Taliban leaders in Qatar in exchange for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. In Pakistan too, I frequently spoke as an expert and also gave ‘audio beepers’ during live transmissions at key events in Karachi to local channels. Earlier, my stories were also featured on Dawn News flagship programme News Eye during the days when the channel did broadcasts in English. Also, I gave live updates to the U.K.’s Sky News network when the Mehran naval base in Karachi came under attack in 2011.
I am currently enrolled in the MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries program at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalism
Media Production Skills
Topics in Global Digital Cultures
Analytical Approaches to Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts
Multimedia and Online Journalism certificate/Berlin
I did a two-month long journalism course at the International Institute for Journalism.
Carmel School Kuwait
I did my primary education at an Indian convent school in Kuwait.
Personal website and blog:
Channel 4 news clip in which I appear as an expert
NBC news clip in which I appear as an expert
Express Tribune newspaper articles links:
Sample of Dawn newspaper article links: