Shihab Rattansi

Shihab Rattansi
Born United Kingdom
Residence Washington, D.C.
Nationality British
Alma mater University College London
Occupation News presenter
Years active 2000–present
Employer 2000–2008: CNN
2008–date: Al Jazeera English
Relatives Afshin Rattansi (brother)

Shihab Rattansi is a television broadcaster, currently working for Al Jazeera English.


Al Jazeera English

Shihab Rattansi has anchored the flagship programme Newshour from the station's main bureau at Doha in Qatar and Washington DC, presenting news and conducting interviews. In Washington, his anchor work related primarily to the Americas until the news broadcasts from Washington ended. He was also the primary presenter on the programme Inside Story Americas during its run from 2011 to 2013, hosting panel discussions on news affecting North, South, and Central America. Inside Story Americas was discontinued when Al Jazeera America (AJAM) was launched in August 2013 with its own programme, Inside Story America, which provided content exclusively about and for the United States.

After a stint in the studios at Doha, Rattansi returned to the Washington DC bureau. In America, Rattansi has returned to field journalism and is filing reports from around the United States.


Before joining Al Jazeera English Shihab was a CNN International anchor based in Atlanta, Georgia. At CNN he anchored World News and regularly anchored other shows such as Insight, Your World Today, Global Challenges, CNN Today, and World News Asia. While working for CNN, Rattansi presented the breaking news stories involving the capture of Saddam Hussein, the 2004 Tsunami, Beslan school hostage crisis, 7 July 2005 London bombings, the rape of Muktar Mai in Pakistan with international coverage, and the death of Pope John Paul II and the trial of Saddam Hussein.


Rattansi formerly worked for Channel NewsAsia in Singapore. While there, he covered Indonesia's turmoil involving the fall of political leader Suharto.


He was involved in the Hollywood film entitled The Death of Salvador Dali.


Rattansi is a Winner of 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Native American Journalists Association TV Best Feature Story to Shihab Rattansi & Anar Virji for Havasupai water story

Native American Journalists Association TV Best News Story to Shihab Rattansi and Anar Virji for Tar Creek

Personal life

Rattansi was educated at University College London. His degree is in art history.

He was born and raised in the United Kingdom, but his parents are from Kenya and his grandparents were from India.

His grandparents founded the Rattansi Educational Trust, to assist higher educational opportunities in Kenya. His father is emeritus Professor of History and the Philosophy of Science, at University College London.

His brother is the broadcaster Afshin Rattansi. Afshin has worked for CNN; Al Jazeera Arabic's "Top Secret" strand; the BBC's Today program; and Bloomberg. He launched the developing world's first financial news channel from the Middle East and also worked for Iran's state-run news network, Press TV from Tehran, before founding his own independent production company. This company produces Afshin's weekly show "Double Standards" and, previously, "Rattansi & Ridley". He now produces Going Underground - on the Russian TV channel and website, RT.

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