Yalda Hakim is an award winning anchor and foreign correspondent.
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 joined BBC World News in 2012 as a presenter and correspondent and made her on-screen debut in March 2013 presenting a special three part series of Our World entitled, Iraq: Ten Years On.
Yalda presents the BBC’s flagship news programme ‘Impact with Yalda Hakim’. Her interview with Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan led to headlines across the globe as he accused NATO of causing ‘great suffering’, as did her interview with the Indonesian Premier discussing chemical castration to tackle paedophilia. Yalda has reported extensively on the rise and fall of the so called Islamic State in Iraq. Most recently she travelled to the world’s youngest nation South Sudan which is embroiled in a brutal civil war.
Before joining BBC World News Yalda was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Australia. She presented Dateline from a range of locations including from Ground Zero in New York as the world marked ten years since the 9/11 terror attacks; from the streets of Juba, South Sudan, as thousands celebrated the new country’s independence, and from Afghanistan ten years into the US-led invasion, where she interviewed a failed suicide bomber in one of the country’s most notorious prisons. Yalda has built up a wealth of journalistic experience around the world.
In 2013 Yalda and her team won a UN Association of Australia Media Award in the category of Best Television Documentary for her two investigations in Yemen.
As well as English, Yalda Hakim speaks five other languages including Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto and Dari, and is currently learning Mandarin.
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