Sahar Zand

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Sahar Zand
Born (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 30)
NationalityBritish Iranian
Notable credit(s)
BBC, Channel 4

Sahar Zand (Persian: سحر‌زند‎, born 21 January 1989), is a British Iranian television and radio presenter, broadcast journalist and documentary maker.[1]

Zand has worked across the BBC, Channel 4 and other international broadcasters covering breaking news, hard-hitting stories, live events and in-depth investigations in some of the world's most hostile environments.[1][2][3][4]

Her range of domestic and international stories include topics such as Iran Nuclear Deal,[5] the #metoo movement in Bollywood,[6][7] mental health in Afghanistan,[8][9][10][11] the refugee crisis,[12] climate change,[13] domestic violence,[14] police shootings in the US,[15] war on fake news,[16] and fame through social media.[17]


Chosen as one of the best reports by BBC's reporters in 2016,[18] Zand's report "The Moroccan warrior women beating men at their own games" showed how Berber women are taking on men and winning in the high-octane and dangerous game of Fantasia, where teams of riders charge together, firing their rifles in unison.[19]

Zand created BBC documentary "Living with the dead", showing the extreme rituals around deaths on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, with corpses often kept in family homes for years.[20][21][22]

In another FPA-shortlisted BBC documentary "Madness of War", Zand had access to Afghanistan's only secure psychiatric unit and its patients who included former Taliban and Mujahideen fighters, investigating how nearly forty years of various wars have affected the mental health of the country's people.[8][9][10][11][23]

In 2018, Zand made the documentary "India: Bollywood #MeToo" for Channel 4's current affairs programme "Unreported World", investigating how the #metoo campaign has taken off in India's film industry, meeting leading actresses speaking out against assault, sexual harassment and rape."[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Zand was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1989. While Zand was a child, her family fled Iran, followed by staying in refugee camps until she as a teenager settled in the UK.[1]

While studying architecture at the University of Kent, she wrote for the university newspaper and learned to produce and direct films, which led to a career within documentary making and journalism. She currently lives in London.[24]


  1. ^ a b c "Presenters: Sahar Zand". Noel Gay. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sahar Zand: British Iranian journalist and presenter". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "The week in radio: The World According to Studs Terkel; People Fixing the World podcast; Between the Ears". The Guardian. March 5, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "What's on TV tonight: Nadiya's Asian Odyssey, Hidden Wales, and more". The Telegraph. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Iran's Nuclear Deal". BBC World News. August 5, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Unreported World: Series 2018 - Episode 5: Bollywood #meetoo". Channel 4. May 18, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Bollywood #MeToo: Can India's Actresses ever find Justice?". Desiblitz. May 23, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Madness of war". BBC World News. June 10, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "What remains of the war". The Hindu. February 9, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Afghanistan's Lone Psychiatric Hospital Reveals Mental Health Crisis Fueled By War". NPR. February 14, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Scars Visible & Invisible: Afghanistan's Mental Illness Epidemic". The Quint. February 7, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cash Cards for Syrian Refugees". BBC World Service. November 20, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "How eating insects could help climate change". BBC World Service. December 11, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "The migrant fleeing domestic abuse". BBC World Service. May 11, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Reducing US Police Shootings". BBC World Service. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "The War On Fake News". BBC World Service. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "How did Jayde Pierce become '#Instafamous'?". BBC World Service. April 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Life Stories season on BBC World Service". BBC World Service. April 19, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Moroccan warrior women beating men at their own games". BBC News. June 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "Living with the dead". BBC News. April 18, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Living with the dead: The Indonesian village treating relatives' corpses as if they're alive". The Independent. April 21, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "The country full of teenagers. Plus: what it's like to live with dead bodies". The Spectator. May 13, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Foreign Press Association Awards 2018: Radio/Podcast of the Year". Foreign Press Association. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  24. ^ "Sahar Zand". LinkedIn. Retrieved December 1, 2018.