Habiba Nosheen is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker. In 2016, CBC announced that Habiba will be joining the CBC as the new host of Canada's leading investigative news-magazine show, "the fifth estate."
She also teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism where she teaches video reporting.
Habiba was born in Pakistan and is fluent in four languages.
She joined 60 Minutes in 2014 where she investigated stories on death penalty in America, wrongful convictions, and corruption in the banking system. Her reporting with 60 Minutes won an Emmy and was named a finalist for the George Foster Peabody award.
In 2013, she directed, reported and narrated the film Outlawed in Pakistan which aired on FRONTLINE and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was called "among the standouts" of Sundance by The Los Angeles Times. Habiba earned two Emmy nominations and won the Emmy for Outstanding Research in 2014 for Outlawed in Pakistan. She also received her third Overseas Press Club Award for that investigation.
Habiba was the reporter for This American Life’s radio documentary, “What Happened at Dos Erres?” The story investigated a massacre in Guatemala. The New Yorker called her radio documentary “a masterpiece of storytelling”. Her reporting on that story won her the George Foster Peabody Award, The Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, The Third Coast Radio Award, The New York Radio Festival Award and two Overseas Press Club Awards in additional to being a finalist for The Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Habiba was the reporter and producer for the PBS investigation, To Adopt A Child, which exposed the murky world of international adoptions. Her investigation earned her a Gracie Award for Outstanding Correspondent. As a result of her investigation, the Nepalese government admitted publicly for the first time that “mistakes were made” in their adoption system.
Long before Habiba began to explore the world with a camera, she got her start in journalism through radio. She reported from Pakistan for CBC and later was selected for the prestigious Kroc Fellowship with NPR where she reported on-air for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Habiba’s stories have also been published by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, BBC and ProPublica among others outlets. In 2014, Habiba was named among the top 5 Outstanding Pakistani Women by the country’s leading newspaper.
She holds a masters degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a second master’s degree in Women’s Studies from York University. Habiba grew up in Canada where she immigrated with her family at the age of nine as a refugee.
Amongst her biggest accomplishments in life is being the proud mother of two amazing little kids who always keep her on her toes and fully caffeinated.