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Rageh Omaar (/ˈræɡi ˈmɑː/; bahasa Somali: Raage Oomaar, bahasa Arab: راجه اومار‎; lahir 19 Juli 1967 seorang penulis dan wartawan Somali-kelahiran Inggris. Buku terbarunya Only Half of Me berkaitan dengan ketegangan antara dua identitas dirinya. Dia dahulu bekerja sebagai bagian koresponden di BBC, di mana namanya muncul saat mewartakan berita dari Irak. Pada September 2006, Rageh pindah ke stasiun baru Al Jazeera English, di mana ia mempersembahkan seri dokumenter mingguan setiap malam Witnesshingga Januari 2010. The Rageh Omaar Report, mengudara pertama kali Februari 2010, satu jam, monthly investigative documentary in which he reports on important international current affairs stories. From January 2013, he became a special correspondent and presenter for ITV News, reporting on a broad range of news stories, as well as producing special in-depth reports from all around the UK and further afield. A year after his appointment, Omaar was promoted to International Affairs Editor for ITV News.

Rageh Omaar
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Nama asalRaage Oomaar
Lahir19 Juli 1967 (umur 52)
Mogadishu, Somalia
AlmamaterNew College, Oxford
PekerjaanJournalist, author

Personal lifeSunting

Omaar lahir pada tahun 1967 di Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.[1] He is the son of a wealthy businessman from the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia. A Muslim, his family is originally from Hargeisa.[2]

Rageh has several siblings. His elder brother, Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar, was a former Foreign Minister of Somalia.[3]

At the age of two, Rageh moved to the United Kingdom. He thereafter attended two independent schools, the Dragon School in Oxford and Cheltenham College in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Omaar later studied Modern History at New College at the University of Oxford.[2]

Omaar is married to Georgiana Rose "Nina" Montgomery-Cuninghame, the daughter of Sir John Montgomery-Cuninghame of Corsehill. The couple live in Chiswick, west London, with their three children's and a son named four sons in another marriage one named Faisal asharow.[1]

He maintains close contact with his family in Somalia, is an activist for the Somali community, and regularly attends its lectures and events.[1]

JournalismSunting

GeneralSunting

Omaar began his journalistic career as a trainee for The Voice newspaper. In 1991, he moved to Ethiopia where he freelanced as a foreign correspondent, working mainly for the BBC World Service. A year later, Omaar returned to London to work as a producer and broadcast journalist for the BBC. He moved to South Africa after having been appointed the BBC's Africa correspondent. Omaar's wife and children were based there through 2004, and his regular commuting made domestic life a challenge.[4]

His career highlights include reporting live on the conflicts in Somalia and Iraq.

BBCSunting

Omaar covered the Iraq invasion for the weekday BBC news bulletins and BBC News. Many of his broadcasts were syndicated across the United States, where he became known as the Scud Stud.[5]

Omaar has written a book about his time as the BBC's Iraq correspondent called Revolution Day. The book deals with the effects of the Saddam Hussein regime, UN sanctions, and of the war on Iraqi civilians.

Explaining why he eventually left the BBC, Omaar suggested that he wanted to operate independently and to take on assignments for people he wished to collaborate with. He also suggested that the BBC working environment was somewhat exclusivist on a class basis, and that he was guilty of this as well to some degree as a consequence of his public school upbringing.[6]

Additionally, Omaar has expressed regret about the way in which he covered the invasion of Iraq during his time as a BBC correspondent. He suggested that he and his colleagues we did pieces on Sadam Hussein, his regime and weapons inspectors, while devoting comparatively little coverage to the Iraqi people.[6] Interviewed in John Pilger's documentary The War You Don't See (2010), Omaar also lamented that "one didn't press the most uncomfortable buttons hard enough" and called the coverage "a giant echo chamber".[7]

Al JazeeraSunting

In September 2006, Omaar joined Al Jazeera English.[8] He served as a Middle Eastern correspondent for its London Division.[2]

During his time with the news organization, Omaar presented the nightly weekday documentary series Witness.[8] He also hosted the monthly The Rageh Omaar Report, his own investigative documentaries.[2]

ITV NewsSunting

In January 2013, it was announced that Omaar would be joining ITV News as a special correspondent.[9] He was promoted the following year to ITV News' International Affairs Editor.[10]

Since October 2015, as well as his duties as International Affairs Editor, Rageh is now also a Deputy Anchor on ITV News at Ten, sharing this role with Julie Etchingham.

Awards and nominationsSunting

In 2003, Omaar was the recipient of an Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy award for the best TV journalist.[8]

In 2008, he was also presented the Arab Media Watch Award for excellence in journalism.[11]

In January 2014 and 2015, Omaar was nominated for the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.[12][13]

See alsoSunting

Other worksSunting

TelevisionSunting

BooksSunting

DVDSunting

  • The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors (region 2)

ReferensiSunting

  1. ^ a b c "My week: Rageh Omaar". The Guardian. 12 November 2006. Diakses tanggal 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Prime Performers – Rageh Omaar". Primeperformersagency.co.uk. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Somali cabinet named". Reuters. 21 January 2009. Diakses tanggal 29 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Whitworth, Damian (7 February 2006). "Farewell to the front line (for now)". London: Times Online. Diakses tanggal 28 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "ITV fails in bid to woo Rageh Omaar". Broadcastnow. 26 February 2004. Diakses tanggal 2 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Pool, Hannah (15 February 2007). "Question Time: Rageh Omar". London: Media Guardian. 
  7. ^ John Pilger "Why are wars not being reported honestly?", The Guardian, 10 December 2010
  8. ^ a b c "Rageh Omaar - Best TV Journalist Award Winner 2002-2003". Emmainteractive.com. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  9. ^ Plunkett, John (8 January 2013). "Rageh Omaar joins ITV News". The Guardian. Diakses tanggal 20 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rageh Omaar goes beyond the headlines for new ITV current affairs series". ITV Press Centre. 27 January 2014. Diakses tanggal 2014-01-27. 
  11. ^ "Our writers win more awards". Connection.ebscohost.com. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  12. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Diakses tanggal 1 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Diakses tanggal 1 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Iran season - General". Al Jazeera English. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  15. ^ "Islam in America - General". Al Jazeera English. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  16. ^ "BBC iPlayer - BBC Four". Bbc.co.uk. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  17. ^ [1] Diarsipkan 20060822011838 di www.bbc.co.uk Galat: URL arsip tidak dikenal
  18. ^ "Behind the Rhetoric The Real Iran BBC Documentary YouTube". Diakses tanggal 2015-05-02. 
  19. ^ "Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East". Frrme.org. 2014-07-26. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 
  20. ^ "BBC One - Panorama, Ivory Wars: Out of Africa". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-05-25. Diakses tanggal 2014-07-31. 

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