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

Boston Honors Bombing Victims, Survivors

April 15, 2014
urvivors, officials, first responders and guests pause as the flag is raised at the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. (Charles Krupa/AP

BOSTON — The city gathered Tuesday to honor the wounded, pay tribute to the victims, and to thank the thousands who offered help during those moments of crisis.

Why Immigrant-Friendly Legislation Has Stalled In Mass.

April 09, 2014
Immigrants celebrate after California's governor signed a bill last year allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses. A similar bill has been introduced four times in Massachusetts. (Nick Ut/AP)

BOSTON — Immigrant-friendly policies may be a Democratic talking point on the national stage, but they have had little recent traction in deep-blue Massachusetts.

1st Fallen Boston Firefighter Laid To Rest

April 03, 2014

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Lt. Edward Walsh was remembered Wednesday in Watertown.

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

April 01, 2014
Sam Alves (YouTube screenshot)

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)

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.

State Auditor: DCF Did Not Meet Basic Requirements

March 26, 2014

BOSTON — A report released Wednesday says the DCF did not ensure children were receiving medical screenings when they were placed in the agency’s custody.

Lawrence Reaches Tentative Teacher Deal

March 19, 2014

BOSTON — If it’s ratified, it will be the first contract the Lawrence Teachers’ Union has had in three-and-a-half years.

Harvard Astronomer Leads Team To Discovery About Universe’s Origin

March 18, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A team of scientists led by a Harvard astronomer say they’ve detected “gravitational waves.”

Preliminary DCF Report Calls For More Staff Supervision

March 13, 2014

BOSTON — The review by the Child Welfare League of American also suggested redistributing cases and improving technology.

Under Receiver’s Rule, Lawrence Schools Show Early Gains

March 12, 2014
Lawrence's Arlington Middle School students walk through the main hallway on their way to class. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More than two years after being placed under state control, Lawrence’s test scores and graduation rates are improving. So receivership seems to be working, but it’s also sparking the ire of the teachers union.

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