Rageh Omaar is ITV News' International affairs editor. Having cemented his reputation as an excellent broadcaster when reporting from Iraq for the BBC, Rageh is an authority in international issues, making him an in demand and engaging keynote speaker and facilitator.
Rageh Omaar made his name reporting from Iraq for the BBC and has become one of the UK’s best loved TV news personalities. He is a highly-acclaimed author, the International Affairs Editor for ITV News and also the Deputy Newscaster of ITV News at 10. He is an adept and experienced keynote speaker and conference facilitator.
Rageh rose to prominence as the BBC’s man in Baghdad. His reports from the beleaguered Iraq capital became a regular feature on news bulletins in the UK and around the world. The Washington Post labelled him the 'Scud Stud'.
He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1967, and moved to Britain as a child, attending school in Cheltenham and gaining an Honours degree in Modern History from Oxford University in 1990.
He began his journalistic career as a trainee at The Voice newspaper in Brixton and worked for a short time on the magazine City Limits before moving to Ethiopia in 1991 where he was a freelance reporter for the BBC World Service.
Combined with his role for Al Jazeera where he presents a daily documentary strand called Witness, Rageh Omaar has worked on a number of special programmes for television and radio: Dead Sea Scrolls for BBC4 which was aired in December, Welcome To Tehran (BBC4), and The Abolition of Slavery for BBC2. He also presented a special three-part series for BBC2 on the Life of Muhammad.
His book Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain was published in 2006.
Rageh has worked on a number of other special programmes for television including writing and presenting a four part series for Channel 4 called Christianity: A History, presenting a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4, Legally Kidnapped, and Lost In Care and The Shroud of Turin for BBC2.
In 2013, he became the special correspondent and presenter for ITV News, shortly after he became International Affairs Editor for the Channel.
One of the UK’s most recognised TV news faces, Rageh is an experienced and knowledgeable keynote speaker and facilitator.
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