Raheela Mahomed is an international news anchor with a track record working for major broadcasters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including DW, Al Jazeera and CNN.
Raheela joined Deutsche Welle, Germany’s English-language news broadcaster in Berlin in 2021. In her position as news anchor at DW News, Raheela presents live hourly news bulletins, in-depth analysis and rolling coverage of breaking news.
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Raheela worked at Al Jazeera English based in Doha from 2012 to 2020 covering the full range of international stories. She was a news presenter on Al Jazeera’s main bulletins, including the flagship Newshour programme. Among the stories she has covered are the US presidential elections; the ‘Brexit’ vote; the war in Syria; the North Korea missile tests; the Myanmar refugee crisis; the Gulf diplomatic crisis and the terror attacks in Turkey and the UK.
Raheela co-presented the NewsGrid – Al Jazeera’s first on-air and online interactive show which streamed live across social media platforms. She has covered the Zimbabwe military transition, online regulations in Tanzania and Uganda, as well as the battle with fake news in the US and Mexico. In 2018, NewsGrid was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the News category.
In the field, Raheela reported from Indonesia on anti-government protests in Jakarta, forest fires in Sumatra, relocating the capital to Borneo Island and unrest in West Papua. She has also reported from Zimbabwe on press freedom and media transparency.
Raheela is a highly accomplished event host, moderator and keynote speaker, specialising in digital transformation, sustainability, international affairs and diversity and inclusion. In 2021 she hosted Sapphire Now – a major industry event for the technology giant SAP. Other engagements have included an invitation to be a guest speaker for a panel discussion on the ‘Future of Broadcasting’ at the Shoko Festival Hub UN conference in Harare, Zimbabwe. Technology events have proved to be a particular forte and Raheela was a moderator and conference host for a panel discussion on ‘Digital Transformation’ at the Future of Media Leaders Summit in Doha.
Raheela has also worked for CNN International on its special coverage of Egypt’s presidential election, the London 2012 Olympics and the Libya crisis. She also helped launch the ‘CNN Freedom Project’, an initiative tackling human trafficking.
Raheela gained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Westminster and a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from University College London.
Thanks Raheela for your partnership in the APJ Studio Shows. From the attending audience, participating speakers to internal stakeholders and collaborators, you have earned a lot of fans for the professionalism in hosting the shows. It was a great experience working with you. Looking forward to many more similar experiences.
Kalita Rup Kamal – SAP
Raheela has consistently shown her passion for reporting and story-telling, not wasting a minute while out in the field and finding stories that are under-reported. Whether she is reporting in the field or presenting the news, her passion and initiative are and always will be on display.
Renee Odeh – Head of Output, Al Jazeera Media Network