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Zuhair (Kash) Kashmeri

Citizen based in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada. Joined on Apr 20, 2011

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Kash…started his print media career at The Indian Express in Bombay (now Mumbai) and as a freelance reporter for the Associated Press of America before immigrating to Canada and writing/editing for The Daily Times in Brampton, Ontario. 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, special investigative articles, etc.
For several years, he reviewed books on Islam and the Middle East for the Globe. After the Globe, he spent four years as senior news editor and writer at Toronto’s alternative weekly, NOW magazine, with a mandate to hire and train visible minority writers. Simultaneously, he taught diversity reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism.
His range of broadcast journalism experience includes stints at CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning, producing radio documentaries, and at CBC-TV Newsworld’s Face Off as 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 for the general section and another four two-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. 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 and The International Herald Tribune, among other publications.
He is on the board of directors of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association and is the webmaster for its site.
He is the author of two books, The Gulf Within: Canadian Arabs, Racism and the Gulf War (1991 – James Lorimer & Co.), and Soft Target: The 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.
Kash is currently translating from Urdu/Hindi to English the published autobiography of his father, the late Agha Jani Kashmeri, a legendary Bollywood scriptwriter who wrote about 50 movies. This is also the basis of a one-hour documentary (The Golden Pen) he has finished producing for OMNI-TV, which will be aired in October 2011 on OMNI stations in Canada.
Kash grew up in Bombay and studied at St. Xavier’s High School and Bombay University. He lives in Niagara on the Lake, Canada, with his wife Carlotta Cattani.

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