Fayola KJ Fraser
Kalain Hosein is a climate, weather, and environmental journalist with many years of experience as the lead Weather Anchor at Guardian Media Limited. For Hosein, his work in the media is the ultimate representation of his merged love for the environment and meteorology. From a young age, Hosein was very interested in the environment. He knew after moving to the United States with his family in 2010, that his interests also extended to weather and climate. Remembering key weather patterns from when he was only nine years old, Hosein vividly described watching the effect of the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2004 and 2005.
Funnily enough, when he proposed his desire to study meteorology at university, his parents questioned why. “What are you planning to do with that degree?” they asked, “Come back and read the weather?” Hosein said that they were not completely off target, and although as the weather anchor that is a primary responsibility, his education and experience are rich and diverse, and he already has an impressive resume at a young age.
At the tertiary level, Hosein studied geophysics, which perfectly positioned him to have a career in the oil and gas sector upon returning to Trinidad. Much to his surprise, upending his carefully laid plans, when he returned to Trinidad in 2018 after completing his degree, the closure of Petrotrin meant that the job market was flooded with geophysicists. Combining his passion for meteorology and the environment, he launched “T&T’s Weather Centre’’ which became his outlet to report on the weather and climate. One exciting morning, Hosein received a call from Ria Rambally, inviting him to interview for the weather anchor position at CNC3. At first, he turned it down, out of concern for making himself a public figure, but after a 24-hour window had passed he accepted the job.
After a month of camera and voice training and getting an understanding of the newsroom, Hosein was put on camera, and since then he has never left. His colleagues from university who did the same geophysics degree have all done various things, but none as radical a departure from the field as him. He described anchoring as a “massive adjustment from being a private citizen for 22 years”, to being recognised wherever he goes. An upside to his job is that when people do recognise him, he has the expert tools available to him as the weather is one of the most often used topics for “small talk”.
Hosein considers himself a professional small talker, simply put, “because I just love talking about the weather”.
Reflecting on the very sobering realities of climate change, Hosein offers listeners a rueful account of the impact of the warming of the climate. Not only does he read the news, but he goes into the field to do stories. Most recently, he was sent to cover the Woodland salt water intrusion and was able to speak to farmers and hear about the real-life impacts of a warmer world on human and animal environments. Describing the impacts as painful, witnessing the human destruction of our environment is difficult for him to cope with. He offers a glimmer of hope, however, as he says that “humanity is resilient”, and with concerted international action, we can slow down the impact and “fight above”.
After living in the US for eight years and attending a British International School in Houston, Hosein came back to T&T. He loves the rush of the newsroom, and describes that “every single day is different”. Hosein still gets excited to go in the field every day, explore his country and interact with the public. His role has also taken him to various international conferences relevant to the environment. “I feel incredibly fortunate,” he says, “especially as I have been able to merge my love for the environment with meteorology”.
As a young man in the spotlight, Hosein hopes to be a central player in change-making at the policy level when it comes to environmental matters. He has already received many accolades and awards for his work in the climate space, such as the Broadcasting Union’s Caribbean Media Awards related to his coverage of COP 27, and has also received awards for his media work, such as the Youth in Media Award in 2023. For Hosein, the work is not nearly finished, as he intends to continue to use this platform for informational purposes and as a leverage point to achieve real change.