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

Democrats, Republicans Attend Opening Of Institute Honoring Sen. Kennedy

March 30, 2015

Politicians, friends and former colleagues celebrated the man known as the “Lion of the Senate” Monday, as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate formally opened its doors on Colombia Point in Dorchester.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opens With A Lofty Goal: Restoring Respect For Congress

March 30, 2015
At the center of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is a replica of the U.S. Senate chamber — a majestic room with gilded wallpaper and wooden desks modeled off the original congressional furniture. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Most of this virtual museum does not celebrate Sen. Edward Kennedy or his legislative accomplishments. Instead it celebrates the process of government, which is what he wanted, his widow says.

Group Behind Boston’s 2024 Olympic Bid Calls For Referendum

March 24, 2015

Boston 2024, the group behind Boston’s bid, joined the call for a ballot question.

WBUR Poll: Room For Improvement Seen In Boston’s Snow Cleanup Efforts

March 20, 2015
A view of a Beacon Hill street, during an early February snowstorm (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A new WBUR poll finds 58 percent of Bostonians say the city did a “fair” or “poor” job clearing snow off public streets.

Republicans Scott Walker, Jeb Bush Make New Hampshire Debuts

March 16, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential candidate, addresses New Hampshire residents at Concord High School on Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

For both likely GOP candidates, it was a chance to make a first impression in the crucial early primary state.

Gov. Baker Releases His First Budget Proposal

March 04, 2015

The $38 billion proposal calls for a few spending increases, but for the most part keeps funding level for most state programs while reigning in spending growth.

Mass. Transportation Officials Say They Need More Information To Fix MBTA

February 27, 2015

MBTA commuter rail service is expected to operate at about three-quarters capacity Friday morning, and it is not expected to return to full capacity for another month.

Visionaries: MIT’s Alan Guth Made A ‘Spectacular Realization’ About The Universe

February 26, 2015
MIT physicist Alan Guth's “inflation” is accepted as the most plausible explanation for the evolution of the universe. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Guth’s “cosmic inflation” is accepted as the most plausible explanation for the evolution of the universe.

Candidate Or Not, Can Warren's Populist Message Shape 2016?

February 25, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren questions Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Whether or not Sen. Elizabeth Warren runs for president, it seems she has the clout to push her party to the left.

Support For Boston Olympics Dwindles, WBUR Poll Finds

February 18, 2015
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses the first public forum regarding the Boston 2024 Olympics bid on Feb. 5 at Suffolk Law School. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Among Boston area voters, opposition to hosting the 2024 Summer Games has grown by 13 points in just one month.

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.

‘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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