Sahar Zand is a young award-winning reporter and documentary-maker known for unearthing exclusive stories and leading hard-hitting investigations. Sahar specialises in finding and telling unique stories that often fall between the cracks in the mainstream media. Fascinated by people, cultural change, and current affairs, Sahar's stamina, versatility and solid journalistic instincts complement a natural flair for simplifying complex information and presenting them in an engaging and concise manner.
Sahar has extensive experience working and filming overseas often in situations with complex safety and security concerns. Her hard-hitting journalism for Television, Radio and text for a range of broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4’s Unreported World, has taken her to some of the most dangerous countries in the world. Murder of social media stars in Iraq, inside Afghanistan’s only secure psychiatric unit, government’s crackdown on the press in Nicaragua, Young girls force-fed for marriage in Mauritania, #metoo in Bollywood, living with the dead in Indonesia, mothers in US jails, migrant ghettos in Denmark and horsewomen of Fantasia in Morocco, are amongst some of Sahar’s recent projects.
Born in Iran, Sahar became a refugee at a young age, being smuggled across the world and living in various refugee camps. Finally settling in the UK at the age of 14, her single mother struggled with poverty living in council flats in Glasgow, Peterborough and London. She now chooses to pursue stories that speak to under-served audiences, uncovering stories from around the world that would otherwise remain unreported.
Sahar’s reputation as a disruptive, creative and distinguished journalist of the digital age has given her a prominence that regularly sees her giving talks and chairing panels at various universities and event around the world about journalism, storytelling and film-making. Sahar is also a guest lecturer at a number of universities including the University of West London and London school of communication. Sahar was also a jury member at this years RTS awards.