Amna Nawaz Becomes the first Pakistani American Muslim to Host “PBS Newshour”

Amna Nawaz Becomes the first Pakistani American Muslim to Host “PBS Newshour”

Amna Nawaz, award-winning journalist and reporter for PBS has been named a co-host of “PBS Newshour” alongside Geoff Bennett. Nawaz is the first Pakistani American Muslim to be a host of the renowned broadcast news program.

Nawaz began her career in broadcast journalism reporting for NBC’s “Dateline” and received an Emmy for her work on the NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” in 2010. She joined ABC News in 2015, and anchored coverage on the 2016 election. After joining PBS in 2018, Nawaz contributed to “Newshour” regularly and received a Peabody Award for the 2018 series “The Plastic Problem.” She was also the first Asian American and first Muslim to moderate a U.S. presidential debate in December 2019, when she co-moderated a Democratic party presidential debate.

Nawaz and Bennett succeeded Judy Woodruff, one of the longest-serving anchors of “PBS Newshour,” and began co-hosting the program in January 2023. Read more about her experience making history from The 19th.

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