Isha Sesay Biography

Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub

Isha Sesay was born on January 6, 1976 in Bordeaux, France to Temne parents from Sierra Leone, with an older sister and a younger brother. She is a British journalist of Sierra Leonean descent. Isha returned with her parents to her home country Sierra Leone. Her father died in 1988 and she studied at the private Fourah Bay College School in Freetown. She returned to the UK for further study and college in 1992. Isha studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge.

After graduating, Sesay began her television career as a researcher for the BBC talk show Kilroy, initially as an unpaid intern. She later was hired as a full-time paid employee. In 1998 she moved to Glasgow to work for BBC Scotland, and, after a period behind the camera, got her first job as a TV announcer on BBC Choice. She went on to present a variety of programmes for the BBC, CNN and TWI, before joining Sky in March 2002.

At Sky, Sesay spent over three years as an anchor on Good Morning Sports Fans for Sky Sports News. She considers the high points of this period to be meeting former boxer Michael Watson, interviewing Ellen MacArthur, and travelling with members of the Arsenal football team following an exhibition match at Reebok Stadium in support of Nwankwo Kanu’s heart foundation.[2] She later moved to ITN, where she anchored the ITV Morning News programme, and was also a newsreader on breakfast programme GMTV.

In November 2005, Sesay became a news anchor and correspondent at CNN International, based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. She travelled to Nigeria in April 2007 to cover that country’s presidential election, where she conducted one-on-one interviews with both outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo, and the newly elected president Umaru Yar’Adua. Later that year, she was in South Africa to cover the launch of the Global Elders.

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