Before launching her radio career in 2006, Nanjiani was the chief news anchor at STV Central, having presented the news programme, Scotland Today since 1987. She is the first Asian-Scottish presenter in Scotland and the longest serving female news presenter at STV.
Nanjiani was born in Elderslie, her father a Pakistani eye surgeon and her mother a teacher from England. Educated at the John Neilson Institution/High School in Paisley, Nanjiani then studied at Glasgow University and graduated with an MA in Philosophy.
Nanjiani worked on Hospital Radio Paisley for a short time in the late 1970s where she used to read some local news cuttings she had gathered during the week.
Shereen Nanjiani earned a job as a trainee journalist in 1983 with STV. She was called in to present her first bulletin in 1987, when Sheena McDonald was ill.
Nanjiani has hosted many programmes for STV, including religious affairs series Eikon and Secret Scotland in the late nineties. Nanjiani also hosted several editions of the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards on STV. On 16 February 2006, it was announced that Nanjiani, along with colleagues Jane Lewis and Sarah Heaney had accepted voluntary redundancy from STV.
Nanjiani left Scotland Today and STV on 5 May 2006. In interviews with the Scottish press, Nanjiani said that she was looking forward to other exciting projects away from live television.
On 20 June 2006, it was announced that Nanjiani was 'switching sides' to the BBC, and made her debut as a radio presenter on Friday 11 August. This is part of changes to the presenting line-up of BBC Radio Scotland's news and current affairs programmes. She kicked off her radio career at BBC Scotland at the helm of lunchtime programme, Scotland Live, which she presented every Friday.
She now presents Shereen, a live topical news and current affairs programme broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland originally every Sunday morning at 9am. the has since been moved to 10am Saturday morning.
In popular culture
- "STV girls walk out of jobs". Daily Record. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
- "Changes to presenting line-up on Radio Scotland". BBC Press Office. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
- "And finally .". Media Guardian. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
- "Live From San Francisco! | Kevin Allison Presents: RISK! Live Show & Podcast!". Risk-show.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- "BBC Radio Scotland - Shereen, 01/09/2012, Extended Interview with Kumail Nanjiani". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
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