Aharar Hossain

In more than two decades in journalism, worked for newspapers, tv, radio, online and social media.

Childhood

Official date of birth: 1st January 1982

My primary school was three kilometers away from my home and I had to cross all the way on foot. It was a mud road which was divided by a river without a bridge. Only way to cross the river was to use a ferry boat. During the monsoon, the road became so muddy that sometimes I found dirt all over my body and schoolbag.

It was the time when people outside Dhaka got the daily newspaper on the next day of publishing. But in Kachua Upazilla of Bagerhat, where I lived in my childhood, it took one more day. But I was so fond of reading newspapers that I collected that old newspaper and instantly went through it from top to bottom. My hunger for news is still the same. For the last ten years I have been involved with BBC News Bangla. I started there as a radio producer but after working for all the BBC Bangla outlets now I take the editorial decisions for it’s website.

Born in Dhaka in 1982, I have spent most of his childhood in my father’s village home. At the teen age I was sent to the divisional city for my educational betterment. My dad, who is a medicine shop owner, wanted the elder son to be a doctor like all the typical fathers. But I decided my future myself long before I left the village for Khulna.  

  • BBC: 2011 to Present
  • Maasranga TV: 2010- 2011
  • Jamuna TV: 2009- 2010
  • Ntv: 2006-2009
  • Prothom Alo: 2004-2006
  • 2017 – Best Reporter by Dhaka Reporters Unity
  • 2016 – Walton-DRU Best Reporting Award
  • 2015 – Best Reporter by Dhaka Reporters Unity
  • 2013 – DRU-GP Best Reporter of the Year


Youth

After higher secondary education in 1999 I was admitted into the University of Dhaka and my only choice was Mass Communication & Journalism. From the very first day of my educational life I started freelancing for different national daily, weekly and fortnightly newspapers. In 2004 when I had finished a short intern program at Prothom Alo, the most circulated newspaper of Bangladesh, the editor Motiur Rahman offered me a fulltime job under wage board. I was the first ever employee of daily Prothom Alo who got appointed as a full-timer long before I completed my graduation. Though my dream was to work for the BBC, after working for a while at Prothom Alo, I joined the Ntv in 2006 and soon became famous for my tv reporting. Finally I got the chance to work for the BBC in 2011.