In addition to covering the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 from LBC’s headquarters in Beirut, Ghida has conducted exclusive in-depth interviews with US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.
Ghida has also worked for Al Jazeera Arabic as its New York Bureau Chief from 2000 to late 2001.
Award-winning journalist Kimberly Halkett joined Al Jazeera English from Global National where she was a correspondent for Canada’s Global Television’s flagship evening news.
As a reporter for the Canadian network, Kimberly covered a range of news stories including the 2004 US Presidential election and the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Prior to that, Kimberly lived and worked in Washington DC, as a correspondent for the Fox network programme, America’s Most Wanted, traveling throughout the US and Canada and using her investigative reporting skills to put together reports on some of North America’s most dangerous felons.
Her determined reporting assisted putting some of the region’s most dangerous criminals behind bars.
Anand Naidoo joined Al Jazeera English after ten years as an anchor for CNN International’s World News. During this time Anand reported from the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.
Before joining CNN in 1997, Anand was the principal evening news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corp. in Johannesburg. He began his broadcast career in Belgium, where he worked as a field producer for Belgian television as well as a producer and anchor for the Belgian Radio World Service. In those positions, he travelled widely as a producer and reporter in Western Europe, the former Soviet bloc states and the Middle East.
Anand has also worked as a news editor on Radio 702, a Johannesburg independent radio station and a presenter on the South African cable station, M-Net.
He begain his career as a newspaper journalist on the Johannesburg Rand Daily Mail.
Among the major stories Anand has covered during his career was the release of Nelson Mandela and the first all-race elections in South Africa in 1994. He has also anchored breaking news coverage on the bomb blasts at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the North Korean missile tests, the Nato Air Campaign in Yugoslavia and the Bosnian war and the 2nd Gulf War in Iraq.
Anand is the recipient of several prestigious journalism awards including the George Peabody award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the Tsunami disaster in South East Asia.