Riz Khan is an international journalist, author, and public speaker recognized across the globe for having had flagship TV shows on CNN International and Al Jazeera English – of which he was a Founding Director. Prior to that, Khan had training at, and an extensive career with, the BBC as a correspondent and founding presenter of BBC World.
Beyond fronting news and current affairs programming – as well as reporting on major, live global events while at CNN International – he launched the first, global, live interactive talk show, Q&A with Riz Khan. Through the span of his career, Khan has conducted more than 10,000 interviews.
In 2005, he authored his first book, Alwaleed: Businessman Billionaire Prince, published by Harper Collins. In 2011, Khan also authored the preface to the 2010 Committee to Protect Journalists. His first novel, We Interrupt Our Programming… was published online in 2012, taking a candidly comical look at the world of international news.
Born in 1962 in the British colony of Aden, in Yemen, Khan and his family moved to London when he was four during the conflict which saw the end of Britain’s rule there. His hobbies include drumming, drawing and painting, martial arts and cooking. He speaks Hindi and Urdu, and has a working knowledge of other South Asian languages, as well as conversational French and Swedish.