Imran Garda

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Imran Garda
File:Imran Garda in 2012.jpg
Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982 (age 36)
Kagiso, South Africa
Nationality South African
Occupation Journalist, author, producer
Notable credit(s) The Stream
Inside Story
Newshour
Al Jazeera America News
The Newsmakers with Imran Garda
Title Presenter of The Newsmakers with Imran Garda on TRT World

Imran Garda (7 August 1982, Kagiso, South Africa) is a senior presenter and producer for AJ+, Al Jazeera Media Network's all digital video news and current events channel primarily based on its mobile app and YouTube as well as the host of Third Rail on Al Jazeera America. Previously he worked for Al Jazeera English,[1] headquartered in Doha, Qatar. He also hosted Al Jazeera English's programme The Stream. Currently he is a presenter of 'The Newsmakers with Imran Garda' on TRT World.

Early career

His media career began as a sports presenter/reporter for SuperSport in South Africa in 2002. While there he was published as a freelance writer on humanitarian, political and religious issues - which included a series on Bosnia-Herzegovina ten years after the Balkan Wars ended.[2]

With Al Jazeera

Garda has worked in two different stints within the Al Jazeera Media Network.

First Stint

Imran joined Al Jazeera English in 2006 and anchored the news and Inside Story from Doha, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC. He also hosted the award-winning (RTS) The Stream until he left the network in 2012. He reported from the US, Sudan, Turkey, Egypt, Namibia, Bahrain, Lesotho, India, South Africa and the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. On 7 June 2012, Al Jazeera English announced that Imran would be returning to South Africa.[3]

Second Stint

In 2014 Imran returned to the Al Jazeera Media Network as a senior producer and presenter for the network's digital channel AJ+ based in San Francisco, California but with branch offices in multiple Al Jazeera bureaus including Johannesburg, South Africa. Beginning in 2015, Imran also began as a fill in anchor at Al Jazeera America in New York City. On April 16, 2015 it was announced that Irman would host a show on Al Jazeera America called Third Rail, an hour-long, guest-driven debate program focused on under-reported stories and hot-button topics.[4]

After Al Jazeera

After Aljazeera America announced its closing down, Imran Garda joined TRT World, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation's English-speaking channel with 'The Newsmakers with Imran Garda', an interview program with "in-depth reports and strong unfiltered debates examines the people and the stories that are shaping our lives."[5]

The Thunder That Roars

In June 2014 Umuzi, an imprint of Penguin Random House published Imran Garda's debut novel The Thunder That Roars, the story of a global journalist who returns home to South Africa and is put face-to-face with the intimate reality that remains behind the headlines that barely reach the West.[6]

Other work

Garda hosted 13-part series on the aftermath of the War in Gaza - "Focus on Gaza" and presented the long-form documentaries "The Father of the Turks", "A Voyage of Life and Death" and "India's Silent War". He also contributed feature articles and blog posts to Aljazeera.com.

Among the personalities he has interviewed

Former US Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill, Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman, Former US Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration, Former UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide, Former Irish President Mary Robinson, Former IAEA Chief Hans Blix, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Tibetan PM in exile Lobsang Sangay, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, ICC Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Former UN Humanitarian Chief John Holmes, Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic, philosopher Slavoj Zizek, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

He has interviewed spokespersons and ministers from the governments of The United States, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, India and Pakistan, among others. He has also had the opportunity to interview non-state actors from groups such as Hamas, Somali rebel groups, Chechen rebels, Uganda's LRA and many more. He has chaired panels for the United Nations Human Rights Council and http://www.advertisingweek.com/.

References

  1. "Imran Garda prefers hot spots to the heat". Tonight. Independent News & Media. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Day, Julia (10 May 2006). "Al-Jazeera bolsters sports team". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Goodbye Imran!". Al Jazeera English. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://america.aljazeera.com/tools/pressreleases/al-jazeera-americalaunchesforeignpolicyprogramcompasswithsheilam0.html
  5. https://twitter.com/ImranGarda/status/707907907489284097
  6. http://www.imrangarda.com/thunder-that-roars

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