Lukwesa Burak Biography
Lukwesa Burak is a weather presenter and newsreader for BBC News. She is from Zambia. She regularly presents for World News Today on BBC Four, BBC World News and the BBC News Channel on as well as afternoons and evenings on Saturdays and Sundays. Before joining BBC, Burak worked as a presenter and interviewer for Al Jazeera, Sky News and before that Africa Edition on eNCA (formerly known as eNews Channel), based in South Africa.
She has also worked as a weather forecaster turned news presenter in the United Kingdom, for East Midlands Today. She then became a news presenter for Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky Television based in London. In August 2012, she became a news presenter for eNCA.
Lukwesa Burak Age
She was born in Zambia in 1974 and named after her royal tribal family. She is 45 years old as of 2019.
Lukwesa Burak Education
When Burak was eight years old, she and her family moved to England. She had an interest in flying, hence, she joined the Royal Air Force Air Training Corps. She injured her leg in a football game and had to leave the training corps. She enrolled at the University of Sussex for a bachelor’s degree in Geography and European Studies. She was awarded a European Union scholarship to complete a Master of Science degree at the University of Leicester.
Lukwesa Burak Occupation
Burak began her life after university in the information technology profession. She worked for three years before beginning her media career as a broadcast assistant for BBC weather and trained as a broadcast meteorologist during this time. She was a relief forecaster for BBC regions and nations, eventually joining BBC East Midlands as one of their permanent forecast team, before becoming the lunchtime news anchor.
In 2006, she moved to Sky News and her main role was presenting Sky News overnight, with her typical shift starting at midnight ending at 0600. She presented Sky NewsSky News on the Hour from 0100 to 03:00 and then Sky World News from 0300 to 0600. In 2012, she left Sky News but returned in 2013.
Burak featured on the cover of Issue 2 of UK Zambians Lifestyle Magazine in the summer of 2008 and was appointed patron of the charity All Star Kids (1079911) at the start of December 2008. She is also an ambassador for No More Malaria UK, as a result of her own personal experiences as a child, particularly when the boat she was on with her father capsized on the Zambezi river and she caught malaria. Since January 2011, she has been the director of hair products company Gidore.
Burak joined eNCA (eNews Channel Africa), based in South Africa in August 2012. Her husband had been offered a new job in South Africa hence she had to relocate there. She was more eager to join the channel’s Africa Edition team and to have the opportunity to conduct live interviews rather than dealing with predominantly pre-recorded material. After re-joining Sky News, she joined the team of Al Jazeera English in Doha.
In May 2016 she re-joined BBC regions and nations, joining BBC East Midlands and BBC World News. She began presenting on the BBC News Channel on 13 August 2016. In September Burak became the main presenter of Inside Out East Midlands and the re-launched England edition, which is a weekly round-up of the three best reports from across the country.
Lukwesa Burak Net Worth
The Zambian-born BBC weather presenter has an estimated net worth of $1 million.