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Daljit Dhaliwal

Daljit Dhaliwal
Born September 8, 1962
London, England
Ethnicity Indian
Education Bachelors with Honours, postgraduate degree and honorary doctorate
Alma mater University of East London
Occupation Television journalist/presenter
Agent HDReps
Notable credit(s) Worldfocus
Foreign Exchange
Website .html/daljit-dhaliwal/talent.comhdreps

Daljit Dhaliwal (born September 8, 1962) is a British newsreader and television presenter.[1][2]

Dhaliwal is a former news presenter for the Al-Jazeera English news service that broadcast from Washington DC. Previously, she was the anchor chair of Worldfocus on PBS, which aired its last broadcast on 2 April 2010. She has been best known for presenting the critically acclaimed program Foreign Exchange also on PBS and the United Nations Television produced 21st Century documentary seen on CUNY cable television. Dhaliwal also does news segments for ABC News Now.[3] From January 2008 to October 2009, she was sole anchor of Foreign Exchange. She later did one episode of Global Watch in April 2008. She had been previously working on and off as a newsreader for BBC World News since November 2005, mostly as substitute for Katty Kay.


  • Early life 1
  • Career with BBC and ITN 2
  • Move to the United States 3
  • Recognition 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Dhaliwal was born in London, England, grew up in Southall, London.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of East London,[4][5] an MA degree in politics, history and economics from the University of London, and an honorary doctorate from the University of East London.[6]

Career with BBC and ITN

Dhaliwal started her career as a field reporter for BBC Home TV News, then became anchor at ITN World News.

When ITN started the ITN World News she regularly presented the evening bulletins until the end of 2001. She presented with Andrew Harvey with each alternating each hour throughout the evening. Later in 2001, Dhaliwal's ITN World News broadcast was cancelled due to lack of corporate funding, (PBS switched from ITN World News to BBC World News which has late breaking live broadcast). She also was co-host of the inaugural season of PBS's Wide Angle in 2002. She returned as sole anchor in 2006, then left.

She had previously been a presenter starting out for BBC Home News as a field reporter and then Channel 4 News. She left BBC Home to host ITN World News and ITN World Focus a news summary on weekends.

Move to the United States

Dhaliwal left London to work in Katty Kay who was on maternity leave. She had co-anchored primarily from WNET's studios on West 44th Street in Times Square, New York, but usually reported from the BBC World News studios in Washington, DC.

After that she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, wooed there by CNN International and CNNfn to host Your World Today.[7] Dhaliwal has also worked for the United Nations and UNICEF, hosting important conferences in New York City and The Hague, Netherlands. She continues to work for the United Nations, presenting UNTV's award-winning monthly newsmagazine 21st Century.

For two seasons, Dhaliwal hosted Wide Angle from July 2006, but left to do her other shows and was replaced by reporter Aaron Brown. She hosted Foreign Exchange and Global Watch. Dhaliwal is currently a news presenter on Al-Jazeera English and ABC News Now, hosting a variety of programs for the digital network.


In May 1999, she was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" and in August 1999, Esquire Magazine placed her on their "Women We Love" list. After much anticipation on his part, David Letterman invited Dhaliwal to his show (The Late Show with David Letterman) on July 6, 2000. During his shows prior to her appearance, Letterman gushed at how beautiful he thought she was, and would say how he will get his people to bring her to the show. The English indie rock band Alt-J named themselves "Daljit Dhaliwal" before taking their current name.[8]

Personal life

Dhaliwal lives in New York City. She was married to Lee Patrick Sullivan for two years, but they have since divorced.


  1. ^ Rachel Cooke "She's news to America" The Observer, 23 June 2002, Retrieved 22 July 2007
  2. ^ Daljit Dhaliwal filmography IMDb
  3. ^ ABC News NOW Launches 'South Asia NOW' ABC News, 21 January 2008
  4. ^ ,"UEL Alumni". 
  5. ^ ,"UEL Journalism". 
  6. ^ Biographical data - Knight Ayton Management
  7. ^ Oregon Public Broadcasting
  8. ^

External links

  • IMDb entry for Daljit Dhaliwal
  • Gothamist interview with Daljit Dhaliwal
  • Daljit Dhaliwal in UEL News
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