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Rageh Omaar joins ITV News as special correspondent

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Award-winning former BBC correspondent Rageh Omaar is to join ITV News as a special correspondent covering news stories and producing in-depth reports from all around the UK and abroad.

Omaar, who joins the ITV newsroom this week, made his name as a senior foreign correspondent at the BBC, gaining plaudits for his coverage of the Iraq invasion in Baghdad. His reports from the war-torn capital were featured on news bulletins all around the world.

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More recently, he worked as a journalist and presenter for Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera, producing a range of programming, including Witness and The Rageh Omaar Report.

While at the BBC, he held a number of high-profile roles across BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Dispatches and Panorama, as well as developed documentaries for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Sky and Al Jazeera.

His reporting from Darfur, the Sudan, for the BBC earned him the Peabody Award. He was the only Western TV journalist to report from inside Taliban-held Kabul, and he won a BAFTA as part of the BBC's coverage of the invasion of Afghanistan.

Omaar, who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1967, has also written two books - Revolution Day: The Real Story of the Battle for Iraq and Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain.

At ITV, he will report on a range of stories as special correspondent, and also provide extra content, news, blogs and analysis for itv.com/news, Facebook and Twitter.

"Joining ITV News represents a return to news reporting for me, which is where my passion for journalism began," said Omaar. "I feel incredibly excited to be joining such a fantastic and thriving news organisation with a wonderful history."

ITV's director of news and current affairs Michael Jermey described Omaar as "one of the very best television news correspondents of his generation".

"We're delighted that he's joining ITV News as we continue to invest in high quality journalism," he said.

ITV News acting editor Jonathan Munro added: "Rageh Omaar is a highly respected correspondent with an impressive background in delivering coverage.

"I'm thrilled he's joining ITV News and I look forward to seeing the expertise and experience he'll bring to our programmes."

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