Hanna Yusuf is a London-based broadcast journalist currently working as a reporter for the BBC News website. She previously worked as a TV producer for the BBC News Channel and the News at One. Prior to that Hanna was a researcher for BBC News at Six and Ten.
Hanna has worked across BBC News programmes on original, exclusive and agenda-setting stories. She has worked with whistleblowers and victims of serious crimes who wish to protect their anonymity. Hanna continues to work with sensitive sources and has a clean record of protecting them.
Prior to joining the BBC, Hanna’s writing was featured widely in the British and international press. She worked as a reporter and features writer for the The Independent, and, as a freelancer, contributed to The Times, ITV, BBC Three, The Muslim News, The National (UAE), Grazia Magazine, among others. Her contributions to the debate around the hijab and feminist theory have been widely referenced in the UK and beyond. She is one of many experts that contributed to Gemma Cairney’s book: Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be.
Hanna has worked at the Guardian (Cities, Arts, National, Opinion and G2), and undertook work experience at The Times (Property and Money). She interned at The Pool for seven months in 2016, where she wrote a weekly Arts & Culture column. She has worked on interfaith projects, and was the media adviser for a non-profit interfaith foundation from January 2015 to January 2016.
Hanna was born in Somalia in 1992. After graduating from Queen Mary, University of London with BA Hons. French (with Spanish), she passed her MA in Newspaper Journalism with merit at City, University of London. When Hanna isn’t chasing scoops and thinking of new treatments for big stories, you can find her practising Jivamukti yoga or cycling through the Baarnse Bos in the Netherlands, where she grew up before becoming a Londoner.