Natasha Fatah

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Natasha Fatah is a Canadian journalist, based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently a host for CBC News Network.

Early life and education[edit]

Fatah was born[when?] in Karachi, Pakistan and spent most of her childhood in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh and Jeddah; she has also lived in Amsterdam, Montreal and Mexico City.[citation needed] Fatah earned a degree in political science at the University of Toronto,[1] and then earned another degree in journalism at Toronto's Ryerson University.[1]

Her father, broadcaster and author Tarek Fatah, is from a Sunni Muslim Punjabi family. Her mother, Nargis Tapal, hails from a prominent Shia Bohra family of Gujarati origin.[2][3]


Fatah was a television and radio reporter for CBC Windsor,[1] filing for CBE radio and CBET-TV. In 1996, she was host of News from the Muslim World on Vision TV.

In the summer of 2010, Fatah hosted the new CBC Radio One summer program Promised Land, a series which presents stories about refugees to Canada.[4][5]

She was a producer at CBC Radio One's national current affairs radio show As It Happens,[1] Toronto beat reporter for their Ontario regional weekend morning show Fresh Air, and author of the column "Minority Report" in's Viewpoint section.

From 1999 to 2000, Fatah was co-chair of the Ontario New Democratic Youth.[6] In the wake of the 1999 Ontario provincial election, Fatah called for Howard Hampton to resign his leadership of the Ontario New Democratic Party.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d, "Analysis & Viewpoint: Natasha Fatah- Minority Report," URL accessed 24 February 2007.
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  3. ^ "Do foes of gay marriages simply fear joy itself?". Toronto Star. 13 September 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "CBC announces summer line-up," Inside the CBC. May 26, 2010; Fatah, Natasha. "What police state? It's all a matter of perspective," Calgary Herald. July 10, 2010.
  5. ^ Torontoist (2010-07-30). "Natasha Fatah on Keeping CBC's Promised Land | news | Torontoist". Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Power struggle brewing in Ontario NDP: Some members critical of Hargrove, others unhappy with Hampton," Standard, St. Catharines, Ontario: September 27, 1999, pg. A.7.
  7. ^ Mark Stevenson, "Ontario NDP says Buzz can stay," Calgary Herald, September 26, 1999, pg. A.5.