Zain Verjee

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Zain Verjee
Zain Verjee at Vital Voices Womens Empowerment Summit 2.jpg
Zain Verjee at the Vital Voices Women's Empowerment Summit in New Dehli, 2010
Born Zain Verjee
(1974-02-11) February 11, 1974 (age 41)
Occupation Television presenter
Notable credit(s) CNN International's World One
Religion Ism'aili Muslim

Zain Verjee (born February 11, 1974) is a Kenyan Canadian journalist, who was born and raised in Kenya prior to immigrating to Canada. Verjee is co-anchor of CNN International's European daytime program World One. Previously, she worked as a newsreader for The Situation Room, as a State Department correspondent, and as a co-anchor of CNN International's Your World Today and World Report.


Verjee received her undergraduate degree in English from McGill University in Montreal.

Verjee joined CNN in 2000, prior to which she was a news reader on Kenya Television Network, Nairobi. She has covered world events such as the Agra Summit between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of India and President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, the conflict in the Middle East, the trial of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milošević, the September 11 attacks, the Hajj and the war in Iraq. She also reports about African business news for the weekly program "Inside Africa", which offers an in-depth look into news on the continent.

In July 2006, she reported from the Korean DMZ, and in September, she conducted an exclusive interview with former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami.

Zain is a practicing Ismaili Muslim. In her thoughts about The Pilgrimage to Mecca, she wrote:

"There's a saying that a Pilgrim that travels to Mecca for the Hajj should leave the Holy City quickly, so, as not to get attached to it."

She recently published "Live & On the Air", a children's book exploring the experiences of a young girl who moves from rural Kenya to Nairobi to work as a broadcaster. Verjee has also produced successful radio campaigns spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Polio.

On January 16, 2008, while taping a report on an anti-government protest in Nairobi, Verjee was hit in the back by a tear gas canister fired by police; the attack was later broadcast on CNN. She was not seriously injured.[1]

In January 2014, Verjee reported that she had struggled with psoriasis since her childhood and though it affected the way she related with others, she won the battle against the disease through eating well and maintaining a good mental attitude.[2]


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