Yalda Hakim

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Yalda Hakim
Born 1983 (age 31–32)
Residence London
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Macquarie University
Occupation Journalist, presenter, newsreader
Employer BBC
SBS (previously)
Notable credit(s) BBC World News
Our World
BBC Newsnight
BBC News
Impact with Yalda Hakim

Yalda Hakim (born 1983 in Afghanistan)[1] is an Australian broadcast journalist currently working for BBC World News.

Early life and education[edit]

Hakim went to Australia in the 1980s after her father smuggled his young family on horseback from Afghanistan into Pakistan to escape the Soviet invasion. After two and a half years in Pakistan, the family arrived in Australia in 1987, when Hakim was three years old. She attended Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Sydney, where she played the violin and became a sports captain and prefect. She also attended Parramatta West Public School.[1]

Hakim studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Media from 2002 to 2004 at Macquarie University, where she was also a board member of the Macquarie University Union. She obtained a Diploma in Journalism at Macleay College, Sydney, in 2005, and graduated with a journalism degree via distance education from Monash University in 2007, in addition to a cadetship at the Special Broadcasting Service.[1][2] She speaks English, Persian (Dari Persian included), Urdu, Hindi, Dari and Pashto.[3]

SBS and Dateline[edit]

Hakim returned to Kabul for her first Dateline report in 2008 and from then reported from across the world for Dateline and SBS World News Australia. She was awarded the United Nations Media Peace Prize for best Australian Television News Coverage in 2009,[4] and has also been a finalist for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.[3]

Beginning in 2011, Hakim co-hosted Dateline with fellow video journalist Mark Davis, the two taking it in turns to present the programme in approximately six-week blocks, while the other was away on assignment.[5]

BBC News[edit]

It was announced in December 2012[6] that Hakim was to join the international channel BBC World News and be reporting on the BBC News Channel. She would present a new current affairs programme, report for the channel and present other news programmes.[7] She moved from Australia to London, and her first programme, for the Our World series, was broadcast in March 2013, and her first studio presentation shift was 29 March 2013 presenting BBC World News. On 7 October 2013 she interviewed Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, for BBC Newsnight.[8]

Since March 2014, she has made several appearances as the presenter on Impact, ultimately becoming the programme's main presenter later that year.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Wilmoth, Peter (16 July 2011). "Anchor woman". The Weekly Review (Theweeklyreview.com.au). Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Browne, Rachel (24 October 2010). "She's at home in the hot seat". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Yalda Hakim Profile SBS Dateline
  4. ^ Crary, Alice (2014-09-17). "Yalda Hakim". The European. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Davis and Hakim to front Dateline". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 20 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Beautiful face of SBS Yalda Hakim off to London". The Daily Telegraph. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  7. ^ "Presenter Yalda Hakim to join BBC World News". BBC. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai says Nato caused 'great suffering'". BBC News. 7 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "BBC News Press Team on Twitter: "And over on #BBCWorldNews, @BBCYaldaHakim becomes the regular presenter on Impact."". Twitter.com. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 

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