Habiba Nosheen is an award-winning Pakistani Canadian journalist and a filmmaker currently based in New York. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches radio and video reporting.
Her stories have been published by The New York Times, TIME, Glamour, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, ProPublica, CBC, PBS, BBC, NPR and PBS FRONTLINE among other outlets. She was also previously a NPR Kroc Fellow. She is also a frequent on-air contributor for CBC radio.
Habiba's 2012 radio documentary, What Happened at Dos Erres? aired on This American Life and was called "a masterpiece of storytelling" by The New Yorker.
She has shot, produced, reported and edited the PBS investigative documentary, Wombs for Rent (2009), which looked at the commercial surrogacy industry in the United States. She also worked as a correspondent, producer, shooter and an editor for the PBS investigation, To Adopt A Child (2011), which examined allegations of corruption and fraud in adoptions from Nepal. She is currently directing and shooting her upcoming film, Outlawed in Pakistan which examines rape cases in Pakistan.
Habiba is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to Canada with her family at the age of nine.
Habiba has received numerous awards for her reporting including the 2012 Gracie award for Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent for her investigation on adoption fraud, a Gemini nomination, two South Asian Journalist Association Awards, Morton Mintz Award for International Reporting, the Leslie Sanders Award, IRE finalist, and she was part of the team that won the Best Canadian Feature Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Her films have been supported by The Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund and ITVS.
She holds a masters degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a masters degree from York University in Toronto in Women's Studies. She received her bachelors degree from University of Toronto.
When not traveling on an assignment, Habiba can be found in her kitchen baking and cooking. You can reach her at: Habiba [dot] Nosheen [at] gmail.com or follow her on twitter: @habibanosheen.