Arif Ansari, Political Editor, North West TV

Biography

Last updated March 2009

Arif Ansari is the Political Editor for the BBC in the North West, working across radios Merseyside, Manchester and Lancashire; North West Tonight and The Politics Show.

Previously, Arif was a political reporter, working out of the BBC's Westminster studios. For seven years, he was part of the regional unit, mainly producing political coverage for BBC local radio and regional news, as well as some network BBC output.

Arif studied history at Lancaster University, followed by postgraduate study in broadcast journalism at City University in London.

Brought up in Crosby, he started his career at BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City as a freelance journalist.

He went on to work at BBC Radio Stoke, where he won a WorkWorld Media Award for a documentary on preventing decline in Stafford's local economy.

During his career at the BBC, Arif has particularly enjoyed taking part in schemes which give young people the opportunity to train as journalists.

While at Westminster, he taught young people at Lambeth College, and he's mentored people on the BBC's journalism trainee scheme. He has also found it rewarding to be involved in BBC News School Report, which gives 11 to 14-year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports.

Arif also spent a couple of months in 2008 working for the entertainment section of BBC News Online. Here, his assignments took him away from his usual interest area of politics, as he reported on Johnny Depp hitting the red carpet at a film premiere and interviewed Grange Hill's Mrs McClusky.