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

Shihab Rattansi
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
Alma materUniversity College London
Years active2000–present
Employer2000–2008: CNN
2008–date: Al Jazeera English
RelativesAfshin Rattansi (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Shihab Rattansi was born and raised in the United Kingdom. His parents are from Kenya and his grandparents were from India. His grandparents founded the Rattansi Educational Trust to facilitate higher educational opportunities in Kenya. The brother of the broadcaster Afshin Rattansi, their father is emeritus professor of history and the philosophy of science at University College London. Rattansi graduated with a degree in art history having studied at University College London.


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. Rattansi did not join AJAM; instead, he remained with Al Jazeera English, reporting on American stories for an international audience.

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.


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

He appeared via a television screen as an Al Jazeera English news anchor in Season 3, Episode 9 ("Chapter 35") of the American television series, House of Cards.

The film The 2000s uses archival footage of his work as an anchor with CNN.


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

Native American Journalists Association TV Best Feature Story was awarded to Shihab Rattansi and Anar Virji for their Havasupai Water story.

Native American Journalists Association TV Best News Story was awarded to Shihab Rattansi and Anar Virji for their Tar Creek story.

Native American Journalists Association awarded Rattansi and team for three stories in 2016 in the TV Best News and Best Feature Story categories.

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