Mr. Riz Khan is a recognized face worldwide following extensive careers with the BBC and CNN prior to joining Al Jazeera. Khan was a presenter and reporter at the BBC for eight years and was the first mainstream Asian newsreader for their international network. He hosted the news bulletin that launched BBC World Service Television News in 1991.
After presenting there for two years he left for CNN’s international channel where he became a senior anchor for the network’s global news shows and special events including the historic live coverage of the hajj. In 1996, he launched his interactive interview show on CNN: Q&A with Riz Khan and he has conducted thousands of interviews with guests including the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, to name a few.
Born in 1962 in South Yemen, Riz and his family moved to London when he was four. He attended The University of Wales where he gained an honors degree in Medical Physiology. He took a course in radio journalism in Portsmouth and joined the prestigious BBC News Trainee scheme in 1987. In 2005, he authored his first book: Al-Waleed: Businessman Billionaire Prince, published by Harper Collins.