Mishal Husain first job was at Bloomberg Television in London from 1996, where she was a producer and sometime presenter. Two years later she joined the BBC in 1998 as a junior producer in the newsroom and for the News 24 channel, and then in the Economics and Business Unit. Within a few months she moved in front of the camera and has since worked in a variety of roles: on the daily Breakfast programme, on Asia Business Report (based in Singapore), and as a presenter of business news on both BBC World News and the BBC News Channel. From September 2002 she was the corporation’s Washington correspondent, serving as the main news anchor through the build-up to the invasion of Iraq and during the war.
In 2011, Mishal Husain hosted Impact on BBC World News, but in spring and summer 2011 was engaged on making a documentary on the Arab Spring, for airing in the autumn of 2011. She presents the Sunday evening editions of the BBC Weekend News on BBC One. On 8 May 2010, she published an autobiographical essay in The Independent based on a nostalgia trip to the UAE. Husain is also a relief presenter of the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. Mishal Husain has occasionally presented Newsnight on BBC Two.
On 2 December 2011 it was announced that Mishal Husain would be part of the BBCs Olympic Presenting team. On 7 November 2013 she was announced that Mishal Husain would be part of the BBCs Commonwealth Games Presenting team. On 17 March 2013 she presented the last News at Ten to be broadcast from BBC Television Centre.
On 16 July 2013 the BBC’s Director General Lord Hall announced that Husain was to become a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in the autumn. Mishal Husain continues to present the Sunday evening editions of the BBC Weekend News on BBC One and on occasions on BBC World News and BBC News Channel. Mishal Husain presented her first edition of Today on 7 October 2013, when her co-presenter was John Humphrys.
Mishal Husain has interviewed many high-profile figures including Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy US Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Pentagon adviser Richard Perle and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. Mishal Husain won the Broadcaster of the Year Award at the London Press Club Awards in 2015.