Shihab Rattansi works for Al Jazeera English as a lead news anchor in their Washington, DC Broadcast Center. He regularly anchors the Al Jazeera Newshour Wednesday or Thursday through to Saturday, presenting news and conducting interviews primarily relating to the Americas.
Before joining Al Jazeera English Shihab was a CNN International anchor based in Atlanta, Georgia. At CNN he anchored World News and regularly anchored other shows such as Insight, Your World Today, Global Challenges, CNN Today, and World News Asia. While working for CNN, Rattansi has presented the breaking news stories involving the capture of Saddam Hussein, the 2004 Tsunami, Beslan school hostage crisis, 7 July 2005 London bombings, the rape of Muktar Mai in Pakistan with international coverage, and the death of Pope John Paul II and the trial of Saddam Hussein. Rattansi formerly worked for Channel NewsAsia in Singapore. While there, he covered Indonesia’s turmoil involving the fall of political leader Suharto.
He was also involved in a Hollywood film entitled The Death of Salvador Dali. Rattansi is a Winner of 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
Rattansi was born and raised in the United Kingdom and holds a degree in art history from University College London. His grandparents were from India and founded the Rattansi Educational Trust and his parents from Kenya. His father is emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College, London.
His brother, novelist and Sony award-winning journalist Afshin Rattansi, has worked for CNN, Al Jazeera Arabic’s “Top Secret” strand, the BBC’s Today program, Bloomberg and launched the developing world’s first financial news channel from the Middle East. He worked for the Iranian news network, Press TV from Tehran before founding his own independent production company which produces his weekly show, “Double Standards,” and previously “Rattansi & Ridley“.