Episode 13- BBC World News Presenter and Correspondent, Yalda Hakim Talks Women, Journalism, and Afghanistan
Yalda Hakim is a BBC World News presenter and correspondent, which she joined in 2012.
She made her on-screen debut in March 2013 presenting a special three-part series of Our World entitled, Iraq: Ten Years On.
Before joining BBC World News Yalda was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Australia. She has reported on Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Libya during the Arab Spring, from the streets of Juba, South Sudan, as many celebrated the new country’s independence, and on various issues from the Middle East, the U.S., Africa and Europe.
In March 2012, Yalda was the first western journalist to visit one of the villages in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, where US soldier Staff Sgt Robert Bales is alleged to have shot and killed Afghan civilians.
She has interviewed the former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, travelling with him to Pakistan for talks with former President Asif Ali Zardari and Iran’s former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about peace in the region. She was also on the ground in Libya as the people fought for freedom from Gaddafi's rule, and reported on the resulting refugee crisis in Tunisia as thousands fled the conflict.
Yalda was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in the late 1980s after her father fled Kabul with his family when Russia invaded. She began her career as a cadet journalist at SBS's World News Australia. She filmed her first story for Dateline in 2008 called "Yalda's Kabul", where she returned to Afghanistan. She was also a finalist for the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009.
As well as English, Yalda speaks five other languages including Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto and Dari, and is currently learning Mandarin.
I sat down with Yalda two weeks ago in London at the BBC headquarters where we talked Afghanistan, women, and journalism.
You can find Yalda on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCYaldaHakim