Rageh Omar Biography
Rageh Omar is a British journalist and writer of Somali origin who works for Al Jazeera English. He formerly worked as a BBC foreign affairs journalist, where he created a reputation for himself reporting from Iraq.
How old is Rageh Omar? – Age
Omar was born on 19 July 1967
Where did Rageh Omar go to school? – Education
Omar went to the Dragon School in Oxford and Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire for his education. He subsequently went on to study Modern History at New College, Oxford.
Rageh Omaar Wife – Family
Omar was born in 1967 in Mogadishu to Abdullahi and Sahra Omaar. His father was an accountant who went on to become a businessman, a representative of Massey Ferguson tractors, the creator of the country’s first independent newspaper, and the man responsible for introducing Coca-Cola to Somalia. He is a Muslim whose family is originally from Hargeisa. Omar comes from a prominent family in the Habr Awal Isaaq clan’s Sa’ad Musa sub-division. Omaar immigrated to the United Kingdom when he was two years old. His elder brother, Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar, was a former Foreign Minister of Somalia.
Rageh Omaar Wife
Omar is married to Georgiana Rose “Nina” Montgomery-Cuninghame, the daughter of Corsehill’s Sir John Montgomery-Cuninghame.
The couple and their three children live in Chiswick, West London. Their children are Zachary, Sami, Loula Omar.
What is Rageh Omar Salary?
His salary ranges from $99,000-$128,000.
Rageh Omar Net Worth
His net worth is $1.8 million.
Rageh Omar Career
Omar 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. His career highlights include reporting live on the conflicts in Somalia and Iraq.
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. 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 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. 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 did pieces on Saddam Hussein, his regime, and weapons inspectors, giving little coverage to the Iraqi people. 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”.
Al Jazeera English
In September 2006, Omaar joined Al Jazeera English. He served as a Middle Eastern correspondent for its London Division. During his time with the news organization, Omaar presented the nightly weekday documentary series Witness.
News on ITV
In January 2013, it was announced that Omaar would be joining ITV News as a special correspondent. He was promoted the following year to ITV News’ International Affairs Editor. Since October 2015, alongside his duties as International Affairs Editor, Rageh has been a Deputy Newscaster for ITV News at Ten. Since September 2017, Omaar has occasionally presented the ITV Lunchtime News, including the ITV News London Lunchtime Bulletin, and the ITV Evening News.
In 2003, Omaar was the recipient of an Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy award for the best TV journalist.
In 2008, he was also presented the Arab Media Watch Award for excellence in journalism.
In January 2014 and 2015, Omaar was nominated for the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.
- An Islamic History of Europe, TV documentary for BBC Four: August 2005
- The Miracles of Jesus, a TV documentary for BBC One, begins on August 6, 2006.
- TV documentary, BBC Four (Feb 2007).
- Rageh Inside Iran, a TV documentary for BBC Four (Feb 2007).
- Islam in America, TV documentary for Al Jazeera English, October 2008.
- Immigration: The Inconvenient Truth, a three-part Channel 4 Dispatches documentary on how immigration has affected Britain, using Enoch Powell’s 1968 Rivers of Blood speech as a starting point (7 to 21 April 2008).
- The Vicar of Baghdad, TV documentary ITV1 (2008)
- Pakistan’s War. TV documentary for Al Jazeera English (Mid-Winter Production 2008/09)
- Iran Season, TV documentary for Al Jazeera English: January 2009
- Race and Intelligence: Science’s last taboo. October 2009. TV documentary for Channel 4: October 2009.
- The Life of Muhammad. BBC 2 -This is a three-part series, which had its first showing on 11 July 2011 on BBC Two from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The final edition of the series was on 25 July, on BBC 2 9 -10 pm. People on the program included Karen Armstrong.
- Panorama-Ivory Wars: Out of Africa, TV current affairs documentary BBC1: April 12, 2012.
- The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors, BBC2, September 2013
- Revolution Day: The Real Story of the Battle for Iraq, Penguin Books (2005), ISBN 0-14-101716-3
- Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain, Viking (2006), ISBN 0-670-91509-2
- The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors (region 2)
Rageh Omaar is a British journalist and writer of Somali origin who works for Al Jazeera English. He formerly worked as a BBC foreign affairs journalist, where he created a reputation for himself reporting from Iraq.