Razia Iqbal

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Razia Iqbal
EducationUniversity of East Anglia
OccupationJournalist, presenter
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s)George Arney (divorced)

Razia Iqbal (born 1962) is a journalist employed by BBC News. She is a special correspondent, reporting for outlets across the BBC. From 2011 Iqbal has also presented Newshour on the BBC World Service. She has also presented Talking Books on the BBC News Channel. She was previously the corporation's arts correspondent.

Early life[edit]

Iqbal was born into a Punjabi[1] family in Uganda, in 1962.[2]


Iqbal was educated at Garrett Green Comprehensive School in Tooting, South London, followed by the University of East Anglia, from which she graduated with a BA in American Studies in 1985.[3] During her time at UEA she spent a year abroad at Trinity College, Connecticut.

Life and career[edit]

Iqbal is a former arts correspondent for BBC News, regularly appearing in news bulletins to report on arts related stories.

She has also hosted the BBCs HARDtalk Extra programme, interviewing prominent figures from the arts including Sting and Jacqueline Wilson.

In 2009, Iqbal applied for the Arts Editor position with BBC News but the role went to Will Gompertz.[citation needed]

Iqbal has reported on mainstream news items for BBC News. One of the first of these was an investigation into a charity scam following the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.[4]

In mid-2010, Iqbal presented relief shifts on the BBC News Channel, as well as presenting Talking Books on the channel.[5] From 2011 Iqbal has also been a regular presenter of Newshour on the BBC World Service.

In 2022, Iqbal took a sabbatical from the BBC to take up a six month post as a Ferris Visiting Journalism Professor at Princeton University,[6] she presented a range of YouTube discussions during that period on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In January 2013, Iqbal was nominated for the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Iqbal is separated from husband George Arney, a presenter of The World Today.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Glitterati among Writers
  2. ^ Identity and Belonging in East London
  3. ^ Razia Iqbal - Journalist (Media) bigsister.com Access date: 19 November 2011.
  4. ^ E-mail scams exploiting Haiti earthquake generosity BBC News, 16 February 2010
  5. ^ "BBC - BBC News Programmes - Talking Books" - BBC Programmes
  6. ^ "Razia Iqbal".
  7. ^ "Winners honoured at British Muslim Awards". Asian Image. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2015.

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