Meet Kash…

Zuhair (Kash) Kashmeri…

started his print media career at The Indian Express in Bombay and as a freelance reporter for the Associated Press of America. In Canada, he started  as a reporter and then news editor  at The Daily Times in Brampton, Ontario, one of Canada’s oldest news dailies previously called The Times and Conservator. He then spent 13 years at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, covering diverse sectors, including the Middle East and Islam (he did the first major interview in North America with Yasser Arafat and his commanders for a Globe series called “Inside the PLO”), Criminal Justice (he led the news media in the coverage of the Air India bombing of 1985), Human Rights, Diversity, Business & Finance, international trade. For several years, he reviewed books on Islam and the Middle East for the Globe. After the Globe, he spent three years as senior news editor and writer at Toronto’s alternative weekly, NOW magazine, with a mandate to hire and train visible minority writers. Among the writers he introduced into the business was author Naomi Klein.

His range of broadcast journalism experience includes stints at CBC Radio’s flagship show, Sunday Morning, producing radio documentaries, and at CBC-Newsworld’s Face Off as a segment producer. In 1996, he was retained by OMNI-TV (then CFMT-TV) to do one-minute on-air editorial commentaries. He does 12 of these every month and another four 2-minute ones as the regular Friday night commentator for OMNI-TV’s South Asian News Hour. For several years, he was a regular panellist on Vision TV’s popular weekly Media show along with the likes of Rita Deverell and Barry Zwicker. In 1998, he successfully crossed over to the Internet and helped establish the first e-business daily, ebizChroinicle.com, in New York City. Kash has been published in The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune and other publications.

Until Decemer 2010, he was Chief Research Editor at National Bank Financial. This enabled him to resume the creative inclinations he started off with, short stories, poetry and essays. He also is on the board of directors of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association and its Webmaster – www.canadianethnicmedia.com.

He is the author of two books, The Gulf Within: Canadian Arabs, Racism and the Gulf War (1991), and Soft Target: The

The Gulf Within -- Canadian Arabs, Racism and the Gulf War

James Lorimer & Co, Toronto, Halifax, Canada

Real Story Behind the Air-India Bombing (1989 and 2005 [2nd Ed.], James Lorimer and Co.). He also produced a one-hour show on CBC Radio’s Ideas, based on The Gulf Within. Kashmeri is currently translating from Urdu/Hindi to English the published autobiography of his father, the late Agha Jani Kashmeri, a well-known screenplay writer in Bollywood from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Kashmeri grew up in Bombay and studied at the St. Xavier’s High School. He studied English and French literature at Bombay University. In Canada, he studied Law, Business and Economics at the University of Western Ontario; and International Relations at the University of Waterloo. He earned a diploma in Journalism & Public Relations at the Siddhartha College in Bombay, and another from the London School of Journalism in England. He also taught Diversity Reporting at Toronto’s Ryerson University.

Kash lives in Niagara on the Lake with his wife Carlotta Cattani and they run a Tuscan themed bed & breakfast called La Toscana di Carlotta at Burns House (circa 1818). For details on this aspect of his life please click the name of the B&B.

In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, Fly Fishing, Squash and Bicycling.

Contact: Tel: 905-360-0643 (Cell) ♣ e-mail: Kash@kashmeri.info e-mail for documentary: info@thegoldenpen.ca

Alan Ko, Diversity Producer for OMNI-TV, and Zuhair Kashmeri, Editorial Commentator, just before a taping.

OMNI-TV Diversity Producer Alan Ko and Commentator Zuhair Kashmeri