15 December 1973|
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
|Residence||Stratford, London, England|
University of Durham|
University of Central Lancashire
BBC London News|
ITV News London
(m. 1996; div. 2004)
|Stuart Thomas (2005-present)|
Tabarek Hossain (father)|
Pamela Hossain (mother)
|Relatives||Rezina Hossain (sister)|
Hossain was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England to a Bangladeshi father and an English mother. Her father, Dr Tabarek Hossain (1935-2002), was born in British India (now Bangladesh) and migrated to Britain in the 1960s (when Bangladesh was still East Pakistan). He was a psychiatrist with a specialism in alcoholism, who set up the Kirklees Alcohol Advisory Service in 1973 at the town centre, and was the founder and president of Concern For Mental Health in West Yorkshire. Her father married an English nurse, Pamela from Nottingham. Of her Bangladeshi parentage, she states that she has never visited Bangladesh, and does not speak Bengali. She also states that while her father never discussed religion Hossain and her younger sister, Rezina, "were nominally Muslim".
Hossain's ambitions to be a journalist began at an early age. She has a degree from the University of Durham, (St Cuthbert's Society). She then gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
In 1996 she was chosen for a traineeship at ITV Border on Lookaround where she was a news presenter, producer and reporter. In 2000 she was a presenter for The Medical Channel. In 2001 she became a presenter and reporter for BBC London News on BBC London. In March 2004 she became the main presenter on the programme whilst Emily Maitlis took maternity leave.
She was the word pronouncer for Series 1 of Hard Spell, a BBC One spelling competition for children. She reprised this role in the one-off episode of spin-off Star Spell (similar to Hard Spell, but with celebrities instead of children), but when Star Spell became a full series, she had joined ITV and so was replaced by BBC newsreader Mishal Husain, who continued this role through the second series of Hard Spell.
In November 2004, Hossain joined ITN as the main co-presenter for the ITV Evening News on ITV, whilst Mary Nightingale took maternity leave. Following Nightingale's return she was a relief presenter for ITV London (ITV News London) and ITV News (ITV Lunchtime News, ITV Evening News, ITV News at Ten and ITV News weekend bulletins).
In June 2010, she replaced Katie Derham as a presenter of London Tonight, initially alongside Donal MacIntyre. However, on 1 November 2010 she became the sole presenter. She now presents the ITV Lunchtime News in a shared role with Alastair Stewart.
As of 2016, Hossain continues as the main presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News and the ITV News London, as well as being an occasional relief presenter on the ITV Evening News, ITV News at Ten and ITV Weekend News.
Hossain reads a fake news story at the end of the Duran Duran song "The Man Who Stole a Leopard" and performs the voice of the satellite navigation on "Blame the Machines", both from the band's 2010 album All You Need Is Now.
She is also the charity ambassitor for Whizz Kidz, doing the 2017 Virgin London Marathan to raise funds for them.
Hossain now lives between London and the Midlands. She is divorced from her former husband of eight years, Sky News editor Craig O'Hara. Hossain has been in a relationship with her current partner, former editor of ITV's London Tonight regional news programme, Stuart Thomas, since the spring of 2005 and together they have three children.