Yalda Hakim is the presenter of flagship programme, Impact on BBC World News. She joined BBC World News in December 2012 as a presenter and correspondent. She made her on-screen debut in March 2013 presenting a special three part series of Our World entitled, Iraq: Ten Years On.
In addition to her presenting duties on Impact, Yalda continues to deliver hard hitting journalism not only for the Our World strand, but also for BBC News. Her interview with Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan lead to headlines across the globe as he accused NATO of causing ‘great suffering’, as did her interview with the Indonesian Premier discussing chemical castration to tackle paedophilia. For Our World her investigation into the USA’s use of drones in Yemen was widely reported. Yalda has also explored people-trafficking and torture of Ethiopian migrants in Yemen and following the Bangladesh garment factory collapse uncovered workers still being put at risk in unsafe premises.
Yalda has reported extensively on the rise of the so called Islamic State in Iraq. Most recently she travelled to the world’s youngest nation South Sudan which is embroiled in a brutal civil war. She reported that more than 4 million people are now on the brink of famine in the devastated country. In the last year she has also highlighted the plight of people in the secretive state of Eritrea, kidnapping by drug cartels in Mexico, and jihadism in Sweden.
In October 2013 Yalda and her team won a United Nations Association of Australia Media Award in the category of Best Television Documentary for her two investigations in Yemen.
Before joining BBC World News, Yalda was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Australia. From a headline-making investigation in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province to her reporting from Libya during the Arab Spring, Yalda has built up a wealth of journalistic experience around the world.
Yalda was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in the late 1980s after her father fled Kabul with his family when the Soviet Union invaded. She began her career as a cadet journalist at SBS’s World News Australia. She filmed her first story for Dateline in 2008 called ‘Yalda’s Kabul’, where she returned to Afghanistan. Yalda was also a finalist for the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009.
As well as English, Hakim speaks five other languages including Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto and Dari, and is currently learning Mandarin.