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Mishal Husain
Mishal Husain on the Breakfast studio set
Mishal began behind the scenes as a business producer
Millions of people around the world will recognise Mishal Husain's face. One of the main presenters on BBC World, she's now re-joined the Breakfast team

Mishal also presents the arts interview programme Hardtalk Extra, seen on BBC World and BBC News 24, and the interactive programme Talking Point.

Working on Breakfast is quite a change of agenda, she says:

"On this programme you can be talking about terrorism one moment and football the next, with the odd showbiz personality thrown in.

"It's a challenge but it also means there's never a dull moment."

Mishal's career in journalism began with business news. She was a producer with Bloomberg television and then with the BBC's specialist Business and Economics Unit.

In fact she remembers occasionally being Declan Curry's producer on News 24.

After a stint as a reporter, including the odd business piece for Breakfast, she started presenting in 2000.

Globe-trotting

That job took her to Singapore as the first presenter of the BBC's 'Asia Business Report', after which she returned to London to co-present 'World Business Report' with another face familiar to Breakfast viewers - Paddy O'Connell.

In 2002, Mishal became a Washington correspondent for BBC News, mainly reporting for the Six o'clock News, but also presenting live programmes from Washington every evening for BBC World.

She was on air for the White House announcement in March 2003 that the war in Iraq had begun.

Mishal was born in the UK but grew up in the United Arab Emirates. Her family are from Pakistan and she maintains close links - in fact her first experience of journalism, at the age of 18, was with a newspaper there.

Later, she read Law at Cambridge University and then completed a Master's degree in International and Comparative Law at the European University Institute in Florence.

"That legal knowledge still comes in handy today - I specialised in human rights which often come up in the news these days."

Mishal is married with one son.

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