World Press Freedom Day 2019
Journalist, BBC World Service
Shaimaa Khalil is an award-winning journalist who's worked for the BBC for more than ten years. She's Egyptian-British and has vast experience in international news reporting.
In the summer of 2011, while she was covering the Arab Spring in her home country Egypt, Shaimaa was detained by the military in Tahrir Square.
In 2012 She was appointed as the BBC World Service Middle East Regional Editor. She reported extensively on the Middle East during the Arab Spring especially from her home country Egypt where she made a radio documentary series called 'Egypt's Challenge' exploring where her country's society, politics and economy stood when the Muslim Brotherhood were in power.
Since then she has reported across the Middles East , including in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia , Kuwait and Jordan.
In 2013 she was appointed as lead presenter on BBC World Service Radio's morning news programme ‘Newsday’.
In 2014, Shaimaa was appointed as the BBC's Pakistan Correspondent, during her two years in the country she reported on the some of the biggest news stories there including the Peshawar school massacre. She also reported from neighbouring Afghanistan during that period.
In the same year she won the AIB award for International Radio Personality of the Year.
In 2016 Shaimaa was part of the BBC team reporting on the start of the military campaign to liberate Mosul from ISIS. She was also one of the main presenters covering US Elections 2016.
Shaimaa is currently back in London and has resumed her role as one of the lead presenters on the BBC World Service’s morning news program, ‘Newsday’ which is the world’s biggest breakfast news program.