Lukwesa Burak

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Lukwesa Burak
Born1974/1975 (age 47–48)[1]
Occupation(s)Weather anchor, News anchor
Notable credit(s)East Midlands Today
Al Jazeera English
BBC News
BBC World News
World News Today
Focus on Africa

Lukwesa Burak (/lʊˈkwɛsə ˈbjɜːræk/; born 1974/1975) is a news presenter and former weather presenter for BBC News in the UK. Previously, she worked for Al Jazeera English, Sky News and before that Africa Edition on eNCA (formerly known as eNews Channel), based in South Africa. She was formerly a weather forecaster and then news presenter in the United Kingdom, for East Midlands Today, a regional television news programme covering the Midlands area of Central England, followed by news presenter for Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky Television, part of British Sky Broadcasting, based in London.

She became a news presenter for eNCA in August 2012.[2] She is a regular presenter of Newsday on BBC World News, BBC One, and the BBC News Channel in London with Sharanjit Leyl in Singapore and also on Focus on Africa on BBC World News and World News Today on BBC Four, BBC World News and the BBC News Channel on as well as mornings, afternoons and evenings on Saturdays and Sundays.

Early life[edit]

Burak was born in Ndola, Zambia, and is named after her royal tribal family.[3][4] Her father is of Zambian and Greek heritage, her mother of Zimbabwean and Portuguese heritage and her stepfather is Polish.[5] She enjoyed animals and had a spider collection. After a boat capsized on a fishing trip with her father on the Zambezi river, she was hospitalised for four weeks, having caught malaria.[6]

Burak spent her early childhood in Triangle, Zimbabwe,[7] where she attended Murray MacDougall Junior School,[8] she moved to England when she was eight years old and lived in Guiseley,[9] West Yorkshire and attended Menston Primary School and St Mary's Catholic High School in Menston,[10] West Yorkshire.[11][12][13] She had an interest in flying, so joined the Royal Air Force Air Training Corps, but had to leave after injuring her leg during a game of football. She gained a bachelor's degree in Geography and European Studies at the University of Sussex, when she spent a year in Switzerland and learned to speak French.[3] She was then awarded a European Union scholarship to complete a Master of Science degree at the University of Leicester.[3][6]

Broadcasting career[edit]

After three years in an information technology career,[6] Burak started her media career as a broadcast assistant for BBC Weather, and trained as a broadcast meteorologist during this time.[14] She began broadcasting as a relief forecaster for BBC regions and nations, eventually joining BBC East Midlands as one of their permanent forecast team,[14] before becoming the lunchtime news anchor.

Sky News[edit]

Burak moved to Sky News in 2006. Her main role involved presenting Sky News overnight, with her typical shift starting at midnight ending at 06:00. During this time she presented Sky News on the Hour from 01:00 to 03:00 and then Sky World News from 03:00 to 06:00, which caters for audiences within Europe, Asia and Africa.[3] She left Sky News in 2012, but returned in 2013.

International broadcasting[edit]

In August 2012, Burak joined eNCA (eNews Channel Africa), based in South Africa. She said that she had to relocate to South Africa as her husband had been offered a new job there, but that she was very much looking forward to the opportunity to join the channel's Africa Edition team and to have the opportunity to conduct live interviews rather than dealing with predominantly pre-recorded material. But of her former employers, Sky News, she said: "Sky is an experience I would recommend to anybody. When you are working at that level in the industry, you could not ask for anything else."[2] Burak rejoined Sky News in 2013 before departing once more in June 2015. She joined the team of Al Jazeera English in Doha.

Return to BBC[edit]

In May 2016 Burak returned to BBC News, joining BBC East Midlands and BBC World News. She began presenting on the BBC News Channel on 13 August 2016. In September Burak became the main presenter of Inside Out East Midlands and the relaunched England edition, which is a weekly round-up of the three best reports from across the country.

Burak went on to anchor the BBC World News channel in London.

Other interests[edit]

Burak was portrayed on the cover of Issue 2 of UK Zambians' Lifestyle Magazine in the summer of 2008.[15] She was also appointed patron of the charity All Star Kids (1079911) at the start of December 2008. She is an ambassador for Malaria No More UK, as a result of her own personal experiences as a child. Since January 2011, she has been the director of hair products company Gidore which she founded.[16][1][17]

Personal life[edit]

Burak lives in the village of Braybrooke, Northamptonshire.[18]


  1. ^ a b Hazelann Williams, "'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!'", The Voice, 11 March 2012
  2. ^ a b "Good News: Africa gets the best", Independent Online, 29 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bio – Lukwesa Burak". Sky News. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
  4. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (14 November 2020). "@townboyworld @soulofto Ndola born x" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (7 February 2021). "@DavieWasili3 @africaupdates Zambia ... with a twist Father: Zambian/Greek Mother: Zimbabwean/Portuguese StepDad: Polish" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 7 February 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2023 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b c "Lukwesa Burak". BBC East Midlands Today. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
  7. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (11 March 2021). "@Oviat Yes, we used to live in the sugar cane town...Triangle -- Zimbabwe's 'Sugar Capital'" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2023 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (11 March 2014). "Looking for my former classmates at Murray MacDougall Junior School, Triangle Zimbabwe...." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2023 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (25 December 2021). "@autoplay4 @DavidLloydRADIO @BBCNews Used to live in Guiseley… went to school in Menston… 😉" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 30 December 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2023 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (6 June 2013). "Nice to see my old school #StMarysSchool, #Menston. Shame about the circumstances. Happy happy memories of #Yorkshire" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 30 December 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2023 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "BBC - East Midlands Today - Presenter Profiles - Lukewsa Burak". Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  12. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (1 August 2020). "@janemerrick23 Does the Guiseley to Menston school walk (via the original Harry Ramsden's before the sale) every day count?" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 1 August 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (18 February 2021). "@emmajosmith It's just heartbreaking! As a youngster at St. Mary's, Menston I would spend lunch breaks at a 'Special School' . The people I spent my time with were so gentle. They had no voice and yet had so much to say. It haunts me!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 18 February 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ a b "Lukwesa Burak". BBC Weather Centre. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
  15. ^ "Extra News | Wordpress Theme". UK Zambians. Retrieved 2 April 2019.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Lukwesa Burak". LinkedIn. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Interview with Lukwesa Burak – Sky News presenter and founder of Gidore", The Natural Lounge, 22 December 2011[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Burak, Lukwesa [@LukwesaBurak] (19 June 2016). "Lovely to see cyclists whooshing through our little village. I think Braybrooke Hill broke some competitors ! #avivawomenstour #AvivaWT2016" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022 – via Twitter.

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