BBC News appoints Aleem Maqbool as new Religion Editor

Currently BBC News’ North America Correspondent, Aleem has been based in Washington DC since 2014.

Published: 15 December 2021
Updated: 15 December 2021
Aleem Maqbool
I am delighted to take up a role that focusses on telling stories associated with faith and ethics, and reflecting on the complex way in which they continue to shape our society. After many years in foreign news I also look forward to working with a wonderful team in London.
— Aleem Maqbool

Aleem Maqbool has been appointed as the BBC’s new Religion Editor, following a competitive recruitment process.

Aleem will take the lead on the BBC’s expert analysis and insight on the major themes and issues affecting different faiths in the UK and around the world.

Currently BBC News’ North America Correspondent, Aleem has been based in Washington DC since 2014.

He has worked at the BBC for nearly 20 years, reporting on political and social news stories across the USA and beyond for TV, radio and online audiences. His previous postings include Pakistan Correspondent and Gaza/West Bank Correspondent. 

Commenting on his appointment, Aleem Maqbool says: "I am delighted to take up a role that focusses on telling stories associated with faith and ethics, and reflecting on the complex way in which they continue to shape our society. After many years in foreign news I also look forward to working with a wonderful team in London".

Jonathan Munro, Deputy Director of BBC News and Head of News Content, says: “Aleem has always been an exceptionally thoughtful reporter and analyst with journalistic drive and a strong vision for reaching new audiences and delivering on digital. I think he’ll be fantastic”.

Aleem will take up the position in Spring 2022.

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