Media reports created a stir, when it was announced that Amna Nawaz, a Pakistani-American journalist, will become the first South Asian American to moderate the US Presidential debate.
Nawaz, 40, works as a senior national correspondent for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) news programme News Hour and will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate on December 19th at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California along with PBS managing editor Judy Woodruff, the Dawn news reported.
The panel also includes POLITICO chief political correspondent Tim Alberta and PBS News Hour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.
Nawaz, who was born in the US state of Virginia, joined PBS News Hour in April 2018. Prior to that, she was an anchor and correspondent at the ABC News, where she covered the 2016 US Presidential election, the paper reported.
Nawaz was also a foreign correspondent at the NBC News, reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, and the broader region, the report said.
She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform, built to elevate the voices of America’s fastest-growing population.
At News Hour, Nawaz has reported politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture and sports. She has also investigated the impact of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, focusing on detention, refugees and asylum, and migrant children in the US government custody.
Amna Nawaz was NBC’s Islamabad Bureau Chief and Correspondent for several years, and was the first foreign journalist allowed inside North Waziristan, Geo News reported.
She covered the Taliban attack on the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the US raid on former Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s compound, and broke news in a series of exclusive reports on the impact of US drone strikes.
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We won a @peabodyawards . It took the entire @newshour village to make #theplasticproblem series happen. This is for every single person who made this moment possible, led by @sarajusttreacy @judywoodruffpbs and @ldazzler — who was bold enough to say, several months ago, “we should do something about plastics,” and then made it happen.
Nawaz, who has interviewed several world leaders including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has also received the Peabody Award for her reporting on global plastic problem.