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Asma Khalid

Reporter, WBUR Newsroom, WBUR

Asma Khalid is WBUR’s newest reporter. She came to Boston via Washington, D.C., where she was a producer for National Public Radio’s flagship show  Morning Edition.

Before WBUR, Asma also worked as a freelancer, reporting stories for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She’s also reported for WUNC in Raleigh/Durham and WAMU in Washington, D.C.

In 2010, Asma traveled to Pakistan to work as an independent reporter. And, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, she joined NPR’s Steve Inskeep to lead Morning Edition’s coverage from the region.

Her reporting has received a Gracie Award and accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association, as well as the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Asma has a master’s in Middle East Studies and speaks Arabic and Urdu.

When she isn’t in the newsroom, you can probably find her on the tennis court!

Recent stories

As Lawrence Evolves, St. Patrick’s Parish Broadens Its Mission

December 17, 2014
Father Paul O’Brien conducting Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

St. Patrick’s Parish has broadened its mission to shepherd not just its flock, but the whole city. People say a lot of this change is because of one man — Father Paul O’Brien.

In Boston Speech, Hillary Clinton Weighs In On Controversial National Issues

December 05, 2014

BOSTON — Hillary Clinton is still keeping quiet about any possible presidential plans. But, as she swung through Boston Thursday afternoon, the former secretary of state wasn’t shy about sounding presidential.

Obama’s Actions On Immigration ‘Bittersweet Moment’ For Local Immigrants

November 21, 2014
With a subdued but hopeful group, Leila Santana and her daughter Lara of Medford (in front) watch President Obama’s televised address to the nation announcing his executive action on immigration at the Student Immigrant Movement offices in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The president’s immigration reforms will help nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants nationwide, leaving an estimated 6 million left hoping there will be more change soon.

‘A Fear Of Going To School': 5 Former Boston Students Reflect On Busing

November 19, 2014
Busing roundtable (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Five former students agreed to meet at WBUR and share their collective, yet incredibly personal, stories.

On Veterans Day, Winthrop Honors Family

November 11, 2014

WINTHROP, Mass. — On Veterans Day, the town of Winthrop honored a local family who made a large and unusual World War II contribution: Six members of the family served in the war, and they all came home alive.

After Victory, Charlie Baker Begins Transition

November 06, 2014
Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, along with Lt. Gov.-elect Karyn Polito, take questions Wednesday. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON — After declaring victory Wednesday, Governor-elect Charlie Baker met with Gov. Deval Patrick to start talking about the transition between administrations.

Baker, Coakley Spend Final Hours On The Trail

November 03, 2014

BOSTON — The night before Election Day finds the two leading candidates for governor still out on the campaign trail, and respective campaign volunteers working the phones urging people to get out and vote Tuesday.

Baker Rallies Base In Final Weekend

November 03, 2014

BOSTON — With the edge in most polls, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker spent the weekend rallying his supporters.

Baker, Coakley Make Their Final Pitches For Governor

November 01, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker stand together at a Greater Boston Interfaith Organization candidates forum at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Boston on Sunday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — For both candidates, their closing arguments relied on the charisma and blessings of two politicians with direct experience in this job: Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and former Republican Gov. Bill Weld.

Coakley Says Baker Should Answer Questions Around Fisherman Story

October 31, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker answers questions Friday afternoon at his campaign headquarters in Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley is calling on her Republican opponent Charlie Baker to offer specifics about a story he told in their debate Monday.

Clinton’s Sam Alves Sings His Way To Stardom In Brazil

April 01, 2014
Sam Alves (YouTube screenshot)

CLINTON, Mass. — Born in Brazil but raised by adoptive parents in Clinton, Mass., Sam Alves recently won Brazil’s version of “The Voice.” His new album is out today.

Firehouse Memorial Grows After Back Bay Blaze

March 27, 2014
A makeshift memorial at Engine 33 fire station on Boylston Street is pictured Thursday. Engine 33 was the station of fallen firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh were both working out of the Engine 33 firehouse. Since Wednesday’s deadly fire, that station has become a memorial to the two men.

‘She Who Tells A Story': Photos Show The Middle East Through Women’s Eyes

October 09, 2013
Newsha Tavakolian’s photo of Maral Afsharian (MFA)

A Boston MFA exhibit includes work from 12 female photographers across the Arab world and Iran, offering an insider’s look at an often-misunderstood region.

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