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

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.

In Boston, Kerry Urges Immediate Action On Climate Change

October 09, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, right, tour the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston Thursday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

BOSTON — Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston Thursday.

Despite Popular Myths, Most Millennials Are Undereducated

October 08, 2014

BOSTON — Millennials are often mocked as Starbucks baristas with Ivy League educations. And while they are the best-educated generation to date, data from the Pew Research Center shows about two-thirds of millennials between ages 25 and 32 lack a bachelor’s degree.

Gov. Frontrunners Clash During Boston Debate

October 08, 2014

BOSTON — Sparks flew Tuesday night at the first Boston-area televised debate among the five candidates running for governor of Massachusetts.

WBUR Poll: Tight Gov’s Race; Casinos Is Closer

October 08, 2014

BOSTON — The race for governor of Massachusetts remains a toss-up, while the latest WBUR tracking poll finds a narrowing gap on the casino referendum.

Coakley Works Base, As Baker Encroaches On Blue Territory

October 02, 2014
Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker smiles as he addresses a forum in Boston on Sept. 24. At right is Democratic nominee Martha Coakley. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — Polls show the race for governor of Massachusetts is essentially a toss-up. While Democrat Martha Coakley tried to solidify her base of women supporters Wednesday, Republican Charlie Baker was boldly encroaching on traditional Democratic turf.

WBUR Poll: Baker-Coakley ‘Essentially A Tossup’

October 01, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

BOSTON — The new WBUR weekly tracking survey shows Democrat Martha Coakley leading Republican Charlie Baker by a slim 3-point margin, 44-41.

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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