USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Athar Ahmad is a multi-award winning reporter and documentary maker for the BBC. His work focuses on exploring the nuances and intricacies of religious faiths and minority communities, providing a platform for voices and ideas often ignored by the mainstream media. Ahmad’s work is renowned for its robust, analytical yet sensitive deconstruction of often complicated issues, from an undercover investigation into the sexual exploitation of divorced Muslim women in the UK, to an exploration of the so-called caste system within the Hindu faith.Ahmad regularly appears across international BBC news programmes, providing analysis and insight on television, radio and online.

He has presented feature length documentaries for the BBC World Service’s faith based programme Heart and Soul, as well as films for a number of the BBC’s flagship news outlets including Newsnight and Panorama, the world’s longest running current affairs programme. Ahmad’s tenaciousness and specialism in delivering original forms of religious focused journalism has seen him recognised as a key ethnic minority voice within the industry, leading to him being shortlisted for Specialist Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards. Ahmad has a MA in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London.

Athar Ahmad