Welcoming Habiba Nosheen, ‘09 M.S., incoming Newsday/ Laventhol Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism

"I am eager to guide the next generation of storytellers on their journey to craft bold and impactful documentaries," said Nosheen.

January 15, 2024

Three time Emmy Award-winner Habiba Nosheen, ‘09  M.S., has joined the Columbia Journalism School faculty as the Newsday/Laventhol Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. She has been appointed for the Spring of 2024.

In this role, she will join Professor June Cross, Fred W. Friendly Professor of Media and Society, in leading the Documentary Seminar. There, they will guide M.S. Documentary students through the beginning stages of filming, editing and producing their own non-fiction film.

"As a proud alumna of Columbia Journalism School, I am honored and thrilled to take on the role of the Newsday/Laventhol Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism,” said Nosheen.

“Collaborating with Professor Cross, I am eager to guide the next generation of storytellers on their journey to craft bold and impactful documentaries. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and look forward to contributing to the enduring legacy of journalistic excellence at Columbia Journalism School."

Nosheen’s work as an investigative reporter and filmmaker has garnered accolades, including the Peabody Award, the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, two Overseas Press Club Awards, and three nominations for the Livingston Award, a prize that recognizes the best journalists under the age of 35.

Nosheen has shot and produced investigations for PBS and has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, ProPublica, CBC, TIME, and The Washington Post, among others. 

She reported and directed “Outlawed in Pakistan,” a documentary which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on PBS FRONTLINE and earned an Emmy Award. 

Her 2012 PBS investigation, "To Adopt A Child," earned the Gracie Award for Outstanding Correspondent. That same year, Nosheen released the acclaimed What Happened at Dos Erres?, a radio documentary for This American Life. The New Yorker heralded it as  "a masterpiece of storytelling".”

Previously, she was the co-host of The Fifth Estate, CBC’s premier investigative documentary program. Prior to the CBC, Nosheen worked with CBS NEWS: 60 Minutes in New York, where she earned two Emmy awards. Most recently she was the host and creator of an 8-part investigative podcast, Conviction: The Disappearance of Nuseiba Hasan with Spotify and Gimlet Media which was named one of the best podcasts of 2022 by The Guardian. 

Nosheen holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and from York University in Women's Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.

Nosheen was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada at the age of nine as a refugee. She frequently delivers public lectures on journalism drawing on her experiences of reporting on social justice issues from Pakistan and South Asia.

The visiting professorship is named for famed journalist, editor, and publisher David Laventhol, under whose leadership the publication Newsday received four Pulitzer prizes during the 1970s and 1980s. From his work at The Washington Post, Newsday, The L.A. Times and other publications, Laventhol is remembered for his keen eye for finding resonant and powerful stories in unexpected places, and for his personal character, which blended humility and a desire for excellence.