Tazeen Ahmad

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Farah Tazeen Ahmad
Born(1971-10-16)16 October 1971
Died (aged 48)
Notable credit(s)

Farah Tazeen Ahmad (16 October 1971 – 6 November 2019)[1] was a reporter for both American television news and British TV.[2] She was a foreign correspondent for NBC News and an investigative reporter for Channel 4's current affairs show Dispatches. She also wrote a book concerning her 'undercover' investigation (The Checkout Girl, 2009) and for newspapers.


Ahmad was a broadcaster, journalist and writer who presented and reported for programmes on radio and television in news and current affairs in television and radio, working for the American NBC network, Channel 4 and the BBC 5 Live and on Radio 4 as well as the World Service.

She also reported during BBC One's Election night coverage,[3] a presenter of 60 Seconds[4] and The 7 O'Clock News on BBC Three.[5]

The documentaries Ahmad made for Channel 4's Dispatches programme included investigations into sex gangs in the UK, exposes on the world of fashion, credit cards and the cosmetics industry as well as British schools, among others.[6][7] She also reported for the BBC's Inside Out.[8]

Ahmad's book, The Checkout Girl, was published in August 2009 by The Friday Project/Harper Collins. Over six months, she worked 'undercover' as a checkout assistant in English supermarkets.[9]

Ahmad died from cancer on 6 November 2019, aged 48.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Tazeen Ahmad, award-winning ex-BBC and NBC reporter, dies at 48". Aljazeera. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Tributes paid to award winning journalist and broadcaster Tazeen Ahmad". Asian Image. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  3. ^ Feeling financial pinch, Queen sheds pounds Archived 23 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine NBC News, 17 July 2010
  4. ^ Out with the old, in with the new, jazzier BBC 10 O'Clock News The Guardian, 4 August 2001
  5. ^ BBC3 gets serious with promise of hard news show The Independent, 3 January 2004
  6. ^ Dispatches: When Cousins Marry New Statesman, 27 August 2010
  7. ^ Dispatches: Undercover Mother Times Online, 23 July 2007
  8. ^ Inside Out London BBC One, 15 February 2010
  9. ^ Life as a secret checkout worker BBC News, 10 August 2009

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