Zeinab Badawi Biography

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Date of Birth: 1959 , October-24
Age: 58 years old
Birth Nation: Sudan
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Zeinab Badawi
Father Mohammed-Khair El Badawi
Nationality Sudanese/British
Religion Muslim
Ethnicity Black
Profession Journalist
Working For BBC
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Famous for World News Today
Married not currently
Children 4
Divorce once
Education graduated from Oxford University
Awards TV personality of the year 2009
TV Show Hard talk, World News Today
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Zeinab Badawi was born in 24 November, 1959 in Sudan. The Sudan born Journalist had a very educated and open-minded family background. Her both father and mother were educated. In fact her grand-mother, who if had lived till date would have been already 100 years but was literate. Her father Mohammed-Khair El Badawi , an editor in Sudan Newspaper, was involved in pre-independence politics in Sudan. Babikir Bedri, revolutionary person who pioneered in bringing female education in Sudan was her great-grandfather. Al ahfad University who educates female from all part of Sudan is run by her family line. 


Although she was born in Sudan she migrated to London at her age of 2.Being born in literate family education was always her first priority. She was always fascinated in reading in top universities of world as she explained in one of her interview that most of the aunt she met in her family had done PhD from several top Universities. She added in her interview that it was always a matter of surprise when she saw female not given chance to study in other families because she had a full literate family. The BBC journalist now, then wanted to be a doctor .Her father was an editor in Sudan and later while in London her father got in BBC Arabic Service. Slowly she started to realize that media is the most powerful weapon in this generation and she decided to choose to be a journalist than a doctor.     

Badawi went to Hornsey High School for Girls in North London and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics in Oxford University at St Hilda’s College. She did her master’s degree in Politics and Anthropology of the Middle East at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) affiliated to University of London. She graduated in the year 1989 with distinction.


Starting from the year 1982 till 1986, Badawai was positioned as a researcher and broadcast journalist for Yorkshire TV. She also did some work in BBC Manchester. In the year 1988 she joined Channel 4 News and remained there till 1998. That same year she joined BBC as a reporter and presenter for Westminster live political programs. Badawai also worked on BBC radio. She started presenting news in The world on BBC Four, it is the UK’S first daily news bulletin which was rebranded as World News today and also airs on the BBC World News channel. Badawi presents the BBC interview show Hardtalk regularly. In addition to her prevailing roles in BBC she also has presented on BBC News at five and BBC News Channel. She is the council member of the Overseas Development Institute and she also has been the advisor to the Foreign Policy Centre.

Marriage, Affairs, Divorce

There is not much of her dating history but she shares happily married life with her husband in late 2000.But recently it is informed that she has been divorced with her husband. They have 4 children out of which two are son and the rest are daughters.

Badawi shares British –Sudanese Citizenship with Black Ethnicity

The 54 years old Badawi is tall and her weight balances her height

She is a journalist and news reader so whenever she is in the media she is seen in very formal dress-ups.

Awards & Achievements

Zeinab Badawai has been named as international TV Personality of the Year in November 2009 in the Annual Media Awards which is organized each year by the Association for International Broadcasting. On July 21, 2011 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).Since 2004 she has been the trustee of the British Council and the National Portrait Gallery. She is the chair person and founder of the Africa Medical Partnership Fund (AfriMed).

She has not disclosed about her net worth or salary but she is one of the highest paid in the BBC Service.

She is one of the renowned journalists of BBC and has already secured a huge margin of success and with her same capacity and dedication she still can go long way ahead.