Pakistani-American journalist to co-moderate next Democratic presidential debate

Amna Nawaz

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Pakistani-American journalist Amna Nawaz, known for her work on PBS’ “Newshour,” is scheduled to become the first woman of South Asian origin to co-moderate a major American political party presidential debate, according to published reports.

Nawaz, 40, a “NewsHour” senior correspondent, will join co-moderators PBS anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, “NewsHour” White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta at this year’s sixth Democratic primary debate on December 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, according to reports.

At “NewsHour,” Nawaz has reported politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture and sports, according to published reports.

Prior to joining the “NewsHour” in April 2018, Nawaz, who is also a substitute anchor on the PBS show,  was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News and led that network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election, according to reports. Before that, she served as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, among other places.

The Emmy award-winning investigative journalist was founder and managing editor of NBC’s Asian-America platform.

Nawaz, a Muslim, earned a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in comparative politics at the London School of Economics.

Born in Virginia, Nawaz’s father is Shuja Nawaz, a former Pakistan Television (PTV) journalist and now a Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center, at Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank.Her mother is also Pakistani, according to published reports..

The Democratic National Committee’s debate will be hosted by PBS “NewsHour” and Politico.



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