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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

WBUR Poll: Gov. Baker Begins Tenure With Strong Approval Rating In Boston

January 22, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker has a 58 percent approval rating among Boston voters, a WBUR poll finds. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — The new governor has a 58 percent approval rating among Boston voters. Just 10 percent of Bostonians have an unfavorable opinion of Baker.

WBUR Poll: Bostonians Back Olympic Bid, But Also Want A Referendum

January 20, 2015
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks during a news conference earlier this month, after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. (Winslow Townson/AP)

BOSTON — Three-quarters of poll respondents said residents in Boston and surrounding towns should vote on whether to host the 2024 Summer Games.

N.H. Republicans Would Give Romney Another Chance

January 16, 2015
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launched his 2012 presidential run at Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H. The Republican may try a third presidential bid in 2016. (Evan Vucci/AP/File)

STRATHAM, N.H. — In recent days, the former Massachusetts governor and failed GOP presidential nominee has said he’s considering another run for the White House.

Why Mass. Has A Large Budget Gap — And What Could Be Done About It

January 14, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to reporters as Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, center, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo look on during a news conference Monday outside the governor's office. The trio are facing a state budget gap. (Steven Senne/AP)

Massachusetts is wrestling with a mid-fiscal year budget shortfall estimated to be at least $500 million.

Gov. Baker Calls On Leaders To Find ‘Courage To Set Partisanship Aside’ In Inaugural Speech

January 09, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his inaugural address Thursday at the State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — In his inaugural speech, Gov. Charlie Baker seemed eager to strike a tone of cooperation.

A Look Back At The Election Of Charlie Baker

December 29, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s Asma Khalid, who covered the campaign of Governor-elect Charlie Baker throughout the past year, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to review Baker’s political success on his second run for governor.

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.

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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