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

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.

Coakley, Baker Say There Are Political Lessons In Menino’s Legacy

October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history, is being remembered as a political giant. He passed away Thursday morning at 71 after a battle with cancer.

Questions Surface About Baker’s Tearful Debate Answer

October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Questions are bubbling up about the tears shed thsi week by Republican candidate Charlie Baker. He and his opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley, are trying to campaign flawlessly for the final days before the election.

WBUR Poll: Baker Keeps Slim Lead Over Coakley

October 28, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

BOSTON — The final WBUR pre-election tracking poll shows the race for governor remains a virtual tie, with Republican Charlie Baker leading Democrat Martha Coakley by 1 point.

5 Key Policy Differences Between Baker And Coakley

October 28, 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 — Here’s how the leading gubernatorial candidates have set themselves apart on early education, higher ed, earned sick time, welfare reform and climate change.

Hillary Clinton Rallies Coakley Supporters

October 24, 2014
Hillary Clinton was in Boston Friday campaigning with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley. (Jesse Costa/AP)

BOSTON — The visit by the Democratic’s Party’s most high-profile female comes as a new poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley’s support among women is falling.

WBUR Poll: Baker Edges Ahead Of Coakley

October 22, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley participate in a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce debate. WBUR's Bob Oakes, right, moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The Republican has narrowed the gap in urban hubs, and now holds a 1-point lead in the WBUR poll.

Finding An Edge: Mass. Gubernatorial Candidates Scramble To Boost Campaigns

October 17, 2014

BOSTON — Nearly every political poll shows the race for governor of Massachusetts is essentially tied, which means Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to find an edge as election day creeps closer.

Kerrigan Vs. Polito: How The Lt. Governor Candidates View Their Running Mate Roles

October 16, 2014
Republican lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito, left, and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan (Asma Khalid, Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Democrat Steve Kerrigan and Republican Karyn Polito are on a curious mission to electrify “traditional” Democrats and Republicans.

WBUR Poll: Coakley Keeps Slim Lead

October 15, 2014

BOSTON — Democrat Martha Coakley leads Republican Charlie Baker 42-39 in the Massachusetts governor’s race, according to a new WBUR weekly tracking poll.

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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