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Nina Hossain

Nina Hossain 

Born 1 May 1975 (age 39)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali-English
Education Journalism
Alma mater University of Durham
University of Central Lancashire
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Notable credit(s) BBC London News
ITV News
ITV News London
Spouse(s) Craig O'Hara (1996–2004)
Partner(s) Stuart Thomas
Parents Tabarek Hossain (father)
Pamela Hossain (mother)
Relatives Rezina Hossain (sister)

Nina Hossain (born 1 May 1975) is an English journalist and presenter employed by ITN.


Hossain was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. She is of mixed Bangladeshi and English descent and her father, Dr Tabarek Hossain (1935–2002) was originally from Bangladesh and migrated to Britain in the 1960s. He was a psychiatrist with a specialism in alcoholism, who set up the Kirklees Alcohol Advisory Service in 1973 at the town centre, and was the founder and president of Concern For Mental Health in West Yorkshire. Her father married an English nurse, Pamela from Nottingham. Of her Bangladeshi parentage, she states that she has never visited Bangladesh, does not speak Bengali and does not cook curry. She also states that while her father never discussed religion Hossain and her younger sister Rezina “were nominally Muslim".

TV career

Hossain’s ambitions to be a journalist began at an early age. She has a degree from the University of Durham, (St Cuthbert's Society). She then gained a Post-graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

In 1996 she was chosen for a traineeship at ITV Border on Lookaround where she was a news presenter, producer and reporter. In 2000 she was a presenter of for The Medical Channel. In 2001 she became a presenter and reporter for BBC London News on BBC London. In March 2004 she became the main presenter on the programme whilst Emily Maitlis took maternity leave.

She was the word pronouncer for Series 1 of Hard Spell, a BBC One spelling competition for children. She reprised this role in the one-off episode of spin-off Star Spell (similar to Hard Spell, but with celebrities instead of chldren), but when Star Spell became a full series, she had joined ITV and so was replaced by BBC newsreader Mishal Husain, who continued this role through the second series of Hard Spell.

On 15 November 2004, Hossain joined ITN as the main co-presenter for the ITV News at 6:30 on ITV, whilst Mary Nightingale took maternity leave. Following Nightingale's return she was a relief presenter for ITV London (ITV News London) and ITV News (ITV News at 1:30, ITV News at 6:30, ITV News at Ten and ITV News weekend bulletins).

During April 2010, she was also a guest presenter for GMTV, standing in for Lorraine Kelly on GMTV with Lorraine.

On 28 June 2010 she replaced Katie Derham as a presenter of London Tonight, initially alongside Donal MacIntyre, however on 1 November 2010 she became the sole presenter. She now presents the ITV News at 1:30 in a shared role with Alastair Stewart.

Other work

In 2004, Hossain appeared in the film Trauma, which starred Colin Firth.

Hossain reads a fake news story at the end of the Duran Duran song “The Man Who Stole a Leopard” and performs the voice of the satellite navigation on “Blame the Machines”, both from the band’s 2010 album All You Need Is Now.

Personal life

Hossain now lives between London and the Midlands. She is divorced from her former husband of eight years, Sky News editor Craig O'Hara. Hossain has been in a relationship with her current partner, and former editor of ITV’s London Tonight regional news programme, Stuart Thomas since the spring of 2005, and together they have three children.

In 2005, Hossain drew attention from the media when she was mugged on London’s South Bank, and for going to work the same day, saying that she did not consider it “a big deal”.

In January 2007, it was revealed that sex offender David Decoteau from London, 45, had an unhealthy interest in Hossain and that he had also sent letters to BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis.

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