Six women up for Asian media award

The shortlist has been announced for the media professional of the year category in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

The entries were judged by Press Association editor Jonathan Grun and Daily Telegraph deputy editor Sarah Sands. The six on the shortlist are:

Anjana Ahuja

Has been a feature writer at The Times for eight years and specialises in science, medicine and social issues. A space physicist graduate, she edits the science page of the paper and has been called upon to write on topics such as genetics, alcoholism, the origins of man and bio-terrorism.

Farah Nayeri

Senior European economic news writer at Bloomberg TV, she specialises in European and global economy feature and analysis writing. She has been a reporter at the financial and business channel for over seven years. Was previously banking correspondent in Paris and founder of the Rome bureau .

Nasanine Moshiri

A senior broadcast journalist with BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme, she has covered a range of stories in business, entertainment, terrorism and politics and regularly reads the news. She started her reporting career at Sunrise Radio as a journalist covering Black and Asian news stories and then moved to Bloomberg TV as broadcast assistant. She joined ITN as the Moneydesk correspondent and reported on the economic impact of September 11.

Roohi Hasan

Hasan is news editor of Five News. She was one of the original line-up for the launch of the broadcaster in 1997. She started at Channel 5 as news desk assistant and was promoted through the ranks, eventually becoming news editor.

Geeta Gupta and Jas Shetra

Gupta, left, and Shetra launched the Mega Mela, a three-day live event to showcase Asian talent. They have worked with the BBC’s Asian Programmes Unit as producers of documentaries, news programmes, music and comedy.

Last year’s winner of the media award was Zubeida Malik, a reporter on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. The 2003 winner will be announced this Thursday, 8 May.

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