Raheela Mahomed is a broadcast journalist, presenter and moderator.
She joined Deutsche Welle, Germany’s English-language news broadcaster in Berlin in 2021 covering international news. Raheela has more than a decade of experience as a journalist across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Raheela previously worked at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar from 2012 to 2020 covering foreign affairs. In her role as a senior producer, Raheela reported on breaking news events in Indonesia. Her stories include relocating the capital to Borneo Island, forest fires in Sumatra, anti-government protests in the capital and unrest in West Papua. She also reported from Zimbabwe on press freedom and media transparency after the country’s military-assisted transition.
Raheela was a presenter on Al Jazeera’s main news bulletins, including the flagship Newshour programme. Among the stories she has covered are: US presidential elections; the ‘Brexit’ vote; war in Syria; North Korea missile tests; Myanmar refugee crisis; the Gulf diplomatic crisis and terror attacks in Turkey and the UK.
Raheela also co-presented and produced the NewsGrid – the network’s first on air and online interactive show which streamed live across social media platforms. She reported on digital policy changes in Tanzania and Uganda and the battle with fake news in the US and Mexico elections. In August 2018, NewsGrid was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the News category.
In October 2018, Raheela was invited as a guest speaker for a panel discussion on the ‘Future of Broadcasting’ at the Shoko Festival Hub Unconference in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 2017, she was a moderator and conference host for a panel discussion on ‘Digital Transformation’ at Future of Media Leaders Summit in Doha.
Prior to becoming a reporter and presenter, Raheela worked as a producer in Al Jazeera’s news division. She was heavily involved in sourcing and securing programme contributors and in planning special news coverage, including the global refugee crisis, NATO conference on counter terrorism in Qatar, UN General Assembly, the #FREEAJSTAFF media campaign and presidential elections around the world.
Raheela also worked for CNN International in the newsroom and press office, producing exclusive interviews with Zimbabwe’s former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, special coverage on Egypt’s presidential election, London 2012 Olympics and the Libya crisis. She also helped launch the ‘CNN Freedom Project’, an initiative on tackling human trafficking.
Raheela gained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Westminster and a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from University College London. She was born in London and raised in Harare.