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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

Can A Newton-Based Nail Salon Become ‘The Next Starbucks’?

May 18, 2015
A MiniLuxe nail technician works on a client's nails in the company's Brookline location. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A New York Times exposé revealed that employees at many nail salons around metro New York work with toxic chemicals under poor conditions and for little pay. We visit a local salon, MiniLuxe, that prides itself on exceptional hygiene and fair wages.

Senate Leaders Push Back On Baker Plan To Overhaul MBTA

May 12, 2015

There’s pushback on Beacon Hill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans to fix the troubled MBTA. The opposition speaks to a larger skepticism about the governor’s proposed T fix that was on full display at a five-hour hearing on Beacon Hill Monday.

For N.H. Democrats, Bernie Sanders’ Candidacy Isn’t About A Victory, ‘It’s About A Choice’

May 08, 2015
Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts as supports cheer him on at a house party in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday. (Cheryl Senter/AP)

The self-described socialist from Vermont is a familiar face in New Hampshire, but it’s generally accepted that this Democratic presidential hopeful has very little chance of winning the election. He’s a long shot, but a long shot with the potential to shake up the race.

‘We’re In A Race For Talent': Mass. High-Skilled Visa Workaround Back In Budget

April 30, 2015

The state’s Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program links up foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses in the U.S. with local universities, which are exempt from the H-1B visa quota.

Clinton Meets With N.H. Students To Discuss Education, Economy

April 21, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute Tuesday in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

Hillary Clinton is in New Hampshire this week for her first visit to the state since officially entering the 2016 presidential race.

Gov. Baker Reflects On His First 100 Days In Office

April 17, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker in his office at the State House on April 17, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Baker’s first 100 days have involved some big surprises — many of them weather related.

Death Penalty For Tsarnaev Increasingly Unpopular, WBUR Poll Finds

April 16, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial. The jury found Tsarnaev guilty. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Over the last month, support for punishing the convicted Boston Marathon bomber to life in prison rather than death has risen by 10 points in the Boston area.

Report Blasts MBTA Management, Calls For Fiscal Control Board

April 08, 2015
An out-of-service MBTA bus rolls through Somerville after several snowstorms in February. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

A panel appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker says the transit system is in “severe financial distress,” lacks a “viable maintenance plan,” and is “governed ineffectively.”

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.

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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