Amna Nawaz

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  • Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist
  • Co-Anchor of PBS NewsHour
  • NBC News and MSNBC Political Contributor

Peabody and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Amna Nawaz currently serves as co-anchor of PBS NewsHour. Her diligent reporting and skillful moderation have shaped coverage of some of the most important events in recent history. Amna’s portfolio is broad, delving into politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture, and sports to great acclaim, with her NBC News Special ‘Inside the Obama Whitehouse’ earning her an Emmy Award. From her distinguished position as NBC’s Islamabad Bureau Chief & Correspondent to her Peabody Award-winning work for NewsHour’s 'Global Plastic Problem', Amna’s signature thoughtful and thorough analysis establish her as one of the foremost voices in journalism today.

Leading notable panels such as the Aspen Ideas Festival and the RespectAbility #ADA30 Summit 2020, Amna’s insightful moderation elevates conversations. In a ground-breaking moment, she co-moderated a 2019 Democratic Primary Debate, becoming the first Asian American and first Muslim American to do so. Amna has interviewed international newsmakers, influential voices in the arts, and travelled from border towns to Appalachia covering vital issues and enriching national and international dialogue.

Amna’s work has appeared on ABC NewsNightlineNBC NewsNBC Nightly NewsThe Today ShowDateline NBCMSNBC, and MSNBC.com. Nawaz was a Fall 2021 Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service and she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asian American Journalists Association, the South Asian Journalists Association, and the Inter-American Dialogue. Amna consistently receives rave reviews for her speaking engagements, such as: “Amna was outstanding! Gracious, delightful, simply perfect. The tone of her speech hit the spot. Everyone loved it.” (Greenwich Academy)

 



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Amna was outstanding! Gracious, delightful, simply perfect. The tone of her speech hit the spot. Everyone loved it.

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Building Trust in the Media

Broadcast journalist Amna Nawaz is a passionate advocate for trust in the media and uses her role as co-anchor of PBS NewsHour and her platform to build trust and credibility with audiences. With her broad experience in both international reporting and going in-depth on stories from around the count ...

Broadcast journalist Amna Nawaz is a passionate advocate for trust in the media and uses her role as co-anchor of PBS NewsHour and her platform to build trust and credibility with audiences. With her broad experience in both international reporting and going in-depth on stories from around the country, Amna offers insights about the current challenges with the rise in misinformation and disinformation, how this will impact politics and businesses, and the role we can play in affirming the value and necessity for reliable journalism.

What it Means to Be the First: A Conversation with Amna Nawaz

In this profound and uplifting conversation, award-winning journalist Amna Nawaz shares the highlight and challenges from her extraordinary career, which has included many ‘firsts’. Amna was the first Asian American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential debate, and now serves as the c ...

In this profound and uplifting conversation, award-winning journalist Amna Nawaz shares the highlight and challenges from her extraordinary career, which has included many ‘firsts’. Amna was the first Asian American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential debate, and now serves as the co-anchor of the prestigious PBS NewsHour broadcast. Bringing an unrivalled depth and breadth of experience in national and international reporting and a passion for serving and expanding her audience, Amna offers an unforgettable conversation that will resonate with any audience.

Foreign Policy & Impacts on National Security

Co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Amna Nawaz has reported from the White House, across the country, and around the world, and she brings clarity and makes connections between foreign affairs and national security in this riveting talk. Amna has interviewed heads of state and international leaders including ...

Co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Amna Nawaz has reported from the White House, across the country, and around the world, and she brings clarity and makes connections between foreign affairs and national security in this riveting talk. Amna has interviewed heads of state and international leaders including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and offers incisive commentary on the world’s headlines – and what they mean for U.S. politics and business.

All Eyes on Election 2024

Award-winning journalist Amna Nawaz is the trusted voice Americans turn to throughout the election cycle for a clear understanding of the issues at stake – and the impact on the American people. Amna made history as the first Asian American and the first Muslim American to moderate a presidential de ...

Award-winning journalist Amna Nawaz is the trusted voice Americans turn to throughout the election cycle for a clear understanding of the issues at stake – and the impact on the American people. Amna made history as the first Asian American and the first Muslim American to moderate a presidential debate, and now as co-anchor for PBS NewsHour is uniquely positioned to offer a robust analysis of where American is headed in 2024 and beyond.

Moderation for Panels That Make an Impact

Esteemed journalist Amna Nawaz offers skillful moderation for your next panel, shaping the conversation with incisive commentary and insightful questions. Having moderated for The Atlantic Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Security Forum, and a 2019 presidential debate, Amna has b ...

Esteemed journalist Amna Nawaz offers skillful moderation for your next panel, shaping the conversation with incisive commentary and insightful questions. Having moderated for The Atlantic Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Security Forum, and a 2019 presidential debate, Amna has been at the center of impactful and balanced conversations that make a lasting impact with audiences of all kinds.

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<p><strong><em>PBS NewsHour</em></strong><strong> with Amna Nawaz has an audience that is growing and skewing younger, answering a need for credible journalism in the face of disinformation</strong></p>

PBS NewsHour with Amna Nawaz has an audience that is growing and skewing younger, answering a need for credible journalism in the face of disinformation

In a landscape that has shifted dramatically and continues to do so, AMNA NAWAZ stands out as a trustworthy voice for a growing audience. Now serving as co-anchor for the prestigious PBS NewsHour program, Amna shared her perspective on the rise of misinformation and disinformation in an interview with Forbes. Her guiding principle is simple: “Regardless of your platform or outlet, the answer for bad information out there is more good information. That’s at the center of everything we do.” The impact of ‘good journalism’, as Amna calls it, is tangible – PBS NewsHour boasts nearly 3M viewers each night and many more catch up later online as the broadcast’s YouTube audience continues to grow.

Amna took on the role of co-anchor at the beginning of 2023, marking a new chapter for the broadcast (which had been solo-anchored by Judy Woodruff since 2016) and an important moment in news media as the nation prepares for the 2024 election cycle. On being named co-anchor, Amna said: “It’s never been more important for people to have access to news and information they trust, and the entire NewsHour team strives relentlessly towards that goal every day.” Amna is a gifted speaker and skilled moderator with expertise in foreign affairs, an insider’s understanding of Washington politics, and a passion for bringing impactful news and conversations to her audience.

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<p><strong>Award-winning journalist Amna Nawaz shares lessons on bringing your whole self to work that resonate with any audience</strong></p>

Award-winning journalist Amna Nawaz shares lessons on bringing your whole self to work that resonate with any audience

For Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist AMNA NAWAZ, her illustrious career in national and international reporting has included many ‘firsts’. Now serving as co-anchor for the prestigious PBS NewsHour broadcast, Amna made history as the first Asian American and first Muslim American to moderate a presidential debate back in 2019. In a compelling interview with The 19th, Nawaz shared: “When you come up through a career like mine when so often you are “the only” in the room — whether that’s woman or person of color or anything — when you get in that room, you think a lot about who is still not in that room with you. You have to think to yourself, ‘Who am I asking questions on behalf of, who is not here to voice their own opinions and questions and concerns themselves?’ That attitude has deeply informed my journalism.”

Amna joined Washington Post Live for an incisive and inspirational conversation on journalism, identity, and representation, sharing highlights and challenges from her career. “And I think one of the best things about journalism… is that we have newsrooms that better reflect the public we are meant to be serving every day. And that will only make the work that we do better." A sought-after speaker and panel moderator, Amna’s perspective has shaped some of the most important conversations happening today, including The Atlantic Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Security Forum, presidential debates, and nightly news.

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Biography

Amna Nawaz serves as co-anchor of PBS NewsHour.

Prior to joining PBS NewsHour in April 2018, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s livestream coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Before that, she served as foreign correspondent and Islamabad Bureau Chief at NBC News. She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform, built in 2014, to elevate stories from America’s fastest-growing and most diverse population.

At the NewsHour, Nawaz has reported from the White House, across the country, and around the world on a range of topics including politics, immigration, foreign affairs, education, gun violence, criminal justice reform, the climate, culture, and sports.

She also serves as an NBC News and MSNBC political contributor.

Throughout her career, she has covered major events such as the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol; the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas; the elections and inaugurations of President Joe Biden, President Donald J. Trump, and President Barack Obama; Hurricane Katrina; the 2010 Haiti earthquake; the U.S. war in Afghanistan; and the September 11th attacks.

Nawaz has interviewed multiple heads of state and international leaders including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. She has interviewed government officials including Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, ICE Director Mark Morgan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and VA Secretary Denis McDonough. She has interviewed a variety of newsmakers including acclaimed director Ava Duvernay, actor Riz Ahmed, WNBA star Sue Bird, and country singer Reba McEntire.

On January 6, 2021, Nawaz reported live for several hours from outside the U.S. Capitol building as it was under attack, part of a NewsHour team honored with a Peabody Award for its coverage.

Nawaz previously won a Peabody for her documentary work on 2019’s The Plastic Problem, examining global plastic pollution and efforts to address it. Her other documentaries include Raising the Future, a 2021 documentary on America’s childcare crisis; and 2022’s Life After Lockup, which followed the lives of four formerly-incarcerated people to track the challenges of re-entry after prison.

In 2020, Nawaz hosted a criminal justice podcast, Broken Justice, which was named a finalist for the Silver Gavel Awards, honoring work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. She also hosted 2021’s The Longest Year, a pandemic-focused podcast series on the many ways Covid-19 changed Americans’ lives.

Nawaz has hosted three seasons of the primetime PBS series, Beyond the Canvas, featuring profiles and interviews of some of the world’s leading artists, musicians, and creators.

In 2019, Nawaz became the first Asian American and the first Muslim American to moderate a presidential debate.

While at ABC News, Nawaz hosted the documentary, Roberts County: A Year in the Most Pro-Trump Town, following four families’ lives over President Trump’s first year in office. She also hosted the podcast series, Uncomfortable for ABC News Radio, featuring in-depth, one-on-one conversations with thought leaders on the issues dividing America.

While at NBC News, she was the first foreign journalist to gain access to North Waziristan – then the global hub of Al Qaida and the Taliban - while pregnant with her first daughter.

Nawaz was a Fall 2021 Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asian American Journalists Association, the South Asian Journalists Association, and the Inter-American Dialogue.

In 2022, Nawaz was the recipient of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ Vision Award and the Media Award from the Muslim Affairs Public Council’s Media Award. She has also been honored with the American Muslim Institution’s Excellence in Media Award in 2018 and an Emmy award as part the 2009 NBC News Special “Inside the Obama White House.”

She is the first-generation American daughter of Pakistani parents, born and raised in Virginia. Nawaz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she captained the varsity field hockey team and studied abroad at the University of Zimbabwe. She later earned her master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

She lives with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area.