Sunnah Khan was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. At age 19 she applied and was selected for a 9 month diversity media traineeship at BBC Scotland, Glasgow. She undertook training in broadcast journalism and her passion for journalism was cemented after working as a trainee reporter for BBC Radio Scotland’s Special Olympics programme and in the Radio Scotland newsroom.
Upon completion of the traineeship she went on to pursue higher education to give her a wider breadth of knowledge and life experience and graduated in 2011 from the University of Aberdeen with a Joint upper-class Honours MA in Anthropology and Philosophy. Her time at university gave her a deep theoretical grounding in cultural relativism and sensitivity and enhanced her research and writing skills.
She went on to work with Positive Action in Housing, a charity that works with refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow the summer prior to beginning her Masters in Multimedia Journalism.
For her final Master’s project Sunnah travelled to Zambia and made a documentary short on local sustainable projects for which she was awarded Distinction.
Whilst completing her Master’s Sunnah worked with two charities; Take One Action; a Scottish film festival that inspires people to create change through the films they watch, and the Book Bus; a mobile library service that inspires and empowers children through providing literacy skills in the developing world. She has produced a series of short promotional films for the Book Bus charity’s website.
Sunnah has also freelanced for The Edinburgh Reporter, The Scotsman and The Scotland on Sunday.
She was also selected and commissioned through a partnership set up by Edinburgh Napier University with Edinburgh International Festival to work for Festival Backstage; making a series of short informative films that generate interest and provide insight into the August arts festival programme.
After graduating in 2012 Sunnah worked for 2 years as a Communications Officer for Edinburgh University’s Sustainability Office; working on behaviour change communication campaigns and specialising in video production.
In 2014 she was 1 of 10 chosen from 3,000 applicants to take a place on the Channel 4 Production Training Scheme.
She is now working as a freelance Assistant Producer.