Senior journalist Mirza Khurram Baig, popularly known as KB, passed away on Thursday, family and friends have confirmed. He was 49. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
He died at a hospital in Karachi where he was admitted for treatment of complications resulting from Covid-19, the deadly respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Baig had a long association with the Express Media Group, first serving as the Editor of its magazine @Internet, then as News Editor of its newspaper Business Today, before joining The Express Tribune in 2010. He also served as the Business Editor until 2013.
Before joining The Express Tribune, KB was associated with DawnNews TV, then an English language channel, where he served as Sports Editor, while also hosting a sports show and anchoring news bulletins.
Khurram Baig started his journalistic career in print with Pakistan Press International (PPI). He was also the City Editor (Karachi) at The News International from 2004-06.
Colleagues who knew him remember him fondly while mourning his untimely passing.
“Khurram Baig was a wonderful person to work with. In many ways, he was a perfectionist. Always trying to raise the standard,” said Kamal Siddiqi, who was his Editor at The Express Tribune in 2013.
KB had also worked as media consultant and content strategist, and had an interest in big data. He was an avid reader and regular writer on not only business and sports but also technology.
He had a nearly four-year-long association as Business Editor at Qineqt, an international organisation that helps businesses determine strategy based on data.
For the last two years, KB had been working as a consultant for K-Electric's Content and Communication Department.