The former Channel 4 News anchor and winner of Celebrity Mastermind also presents arts output and hosts a podcast: How I Found My Voice. Combining wit, intelligence and a breadth of interests Samira is as comfortable with Hollywood as she is with Westminster or the RSC.


Samira Ahmed is a former presenter and correspondent for Channel 4 News. Before that she was an anchor on BBC World, News 24 and a reporter on Newsnight and the Today programme. Now back at the BBC her remit stretches from news to the arts.

During her first stint at the BBC Samira led the coverage of the OJ Simpson case, before moving to Europe to work as an anchor and political correspondent in Berlin. At Channel 4 she specialised in social affairs and the arts - from profiling our love affair with the now defunct hovercraft and exposing the discrimination against children conceived through IVF, to interviewing Tim Burton and making features on cinema and design.

Samira has also fronted the documentary, Islam Unveiled for Channel 4, exploring the status of Muslim women, and has lectured on terrorism, Islamic radicalism and feminism.

Having covered film, theatre and the arts throughout her career, it is now her main focus on BBC TV and radio covering everything from David Bowie to Westerns to Oliver Cromwell’s wife. A regular on Radio 4 she frequently presents the arts and culture programme Front Row and has fronted philosophical programme Something Understood, Proms performances and documentaries for Radio 3. Away from more serious issues she has shown her quick wit on The News Quiz and Have I Got News for You, her extensive knowledge on Celebrity Mastermind (which she won) and hosts a podcast: How I Found My Voice.


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JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH