WBUR Staff

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

Gov. Patrick’s Offer To House Unaccompanied Immigrants Sparks Debate

July 25, 2014

BOSTON — From Lynn to Bourne, it has been a passionate and polarizing week for immigration issues.

Bourne Residents Critical Of Proposal To House Immigrant Children

July 23, 2014

BOSTON — At a public meeting in Bourne Tuesday night, there was widespread criticism of Gov. Patrick’s proposal.

U.S. Officials Will Review 2 Mass. Sites To House Unaccompanied Migrant Children

July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has offered two locations in the state — in Bourne and Chicopee — as shelter for unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border.

Sen. Warren Goes Campaigning, Pleasing Democrats — And Republicans

July 18, 2014
As much as Democrats love to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail, so do Republicans, who say she can help boost GOP candidates. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

BOSTON — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is her party’s star, bringing out crowds and checkbooks nationwide. But as much as Democrats love to see Warren on the campaign trail, so do Republicans.

Warren Campaigns For W. Va. Senate Candidate

July 14, 2014

BOSTON — Taking her populist rhetoric on the road Monday, Warren spent the afternoon fundraising and campaigning with West Virginia Democrat Natalie Tennant, who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Romney Backs Brown’s Senate Bid In New Hampshire

July 03, 2014

STRATHAM, N.H. — On Wednesday, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney threw his support behind Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Why A Repealed Casino Law Wouldn’t Affect The Mass. Budget Much

July 01, 2014
A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere

BOSTON — The anticipated casino revenue — that $73 million — is only 0.2 percent of the total budget.

Politicians, Advocates To Seek New Protections For Patients Visiting Abortion Clinics

June 27, 2014

BOSTON — Policy makers are promising to quickly replace the state law designed to protect patients at clinics where abortions are performed from protesters in the wake of a recent SCOTUS decision strking down the buffer zone around clinic entrances.

Democrats Seek To Distinguish Themselves In WBUR Debate

June 18, 2014
From left, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman debate at WBUR Wednesday morning. WBUR host Bob Oakes moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Four days after the convention, Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman are beginning to sound unique.

Grossman Gets Dem Endorsement, But No Clear Political Winner

June 15, 2014
Massachusetts state Treasurer Steve Grossman acknowledges supporters as he takes the stage at the state Democratic Convention. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

WORCESTER, Mass. — Steve Grossman received the endorsement in the race to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick, with 35 percent of votes cast. Martha Coakley and Don Berwick also qualified for the primary ballot.

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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