WCMS Host & Moderator
Riz Khan is an international journalist, author, and public speaker recognised across the globe for having had high-profile TV shows on CNN International and Al Jazeera English – of which he was a Founding Director. Prior to that Riz had training at, and an extensive career with, the BBC as a correspondent and founding presenter of “BBC World” (he co-presented the launch show of BBC World Service TV News in November 1991).
Beyond his anchoring of news programming and reporting of major, live global events while at CNN International, he launched the first, global, live interactive talk show, Q&A with Riz Khan, an award-winning, daily programme giving viewers around the world the chance to directly question a wide range of high-profile newsmakers and celebrities, from former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela, among others.
Riz left Al Jazeera English in 2011, following a successful five years of hosting the live, daily, talk show, “Riz Khan”, as well as a ground-breaking weekly profile series, Riz Khan’s “One on One”, a candid look at the lives of key figures in the world of politics, sports, business, arts, and entertainment.
In 2005, he authored his first book, “Alwaleed: Businessman Billionaire Prince”, published by Harper Collins, documenting the life story and business accomplishments of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al-Saud, the Saudi billionaire who was, at the time, the fourth richest man in the world on the Forbes list, and the biggest foreign investor in the USA. In 2011, Riz also authored the preface to the “2010 Committee to Protect Journalists”, annual report in which he examined the working conditions of journalists in more than 100 countries.