Amna Nawaz, Pakistani-American journalist set to moderate US Democratic primary debate on December 19

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Amna Nawaz, an upcoming Pakistani-American journalist, has been selected to moderate a US Democratic presidential debate, which would make her the first woman of South Asian origin to hold the honor, according to media reports.

Nawaz, 40, a senior correspondent for the Public Broadcasting Service news (PBS) program NewsHour, along with Judy Woodruff, PBS anchor and managing editor, and colleague PBS NewHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, and Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate, scheduled for December 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Amna Nawaz is an American broadcast journalist. She is a correspondent and substitute anchor for PBS Newshour. Prior to joining PBS in April 2018, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News and NBC News. She has received a number of awards, including an Emmy Award and a Society for Features Journalism award.

Nawaz was born in Virginia, and her parents were Pakistani. Her father Shuja Nawaz, a former Pakistan Television (PTV) journalist and currently a Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center, at Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank. In 2001, Amna Nawaz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in politics, philosophy, and economics. She holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics.

Her career plan was to become a lawyer but after a fellowship at ABC News after college, she shifted to journalism. She initially worked for the ABC News Nightline program.

Nawaz joined NBC in 2003, later joining the Dateline NBC program where she worked on documentaries. At NBC’s investigative unit, she was producer on the program Mortgage Crisis Investigations, which was nominated for the 2008 Emmy Awards for Business & Financial Reporting. She received an International Reporting Project fellowship in 2009.

In 2010, Nawaz shared a News & Documentary Emmy Award for the NBC News special Inside the Obama White House. Later she was correspondent and bureau chief at NBC’s Islamabad bureau.

Nawaz joined ABC News in 2015. She anchored U.S. election and national political coverage in 2016 and 2017. Nawaz also hosted the ABC podcast series Uncomfortable.

She joined PBS in April 2018.

 

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