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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

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.

WBUR Poll: Bostonians Believe Fixing MBTA Should Be A ‘Major Priority’ For Gov. Baker

February 18, 2015
The St. Paul Street stop on the Green Line's B branch was closed Tuesday after a weekend storm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

While only 5 percent of Boston area residents say Gov. Charlie Baker is most responsible for the T troubles, 81 percent of those polled say this ought to be a “major priority” for his administration going forward.

What It’s Like To Be A Boston Snow Plow Driver

February 10, 2015
City of Boston snow plow driver Erik McCormick was halfway through his 16-hour workday Tuesday morning when he picked up some WBUR tag-alongs. The days are long, he says, but "we look forward to the snow. We call it white gold. We get a lot overtime during this time." (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When snowstorm after snowstorm pounds Boston, many of us get snow days. But not snow plow drivers.

Baker Reluctant To Discuss Additional Transportation Financing

February 05, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker addresses the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After this week’s major MBTA woes, many say Boston’s aging system needs more money. But Baker doesn’t want to “automatically hit the revenue button.”

Baker Passes First Big Political Test: Handling A Huge Snowstorm

January 30, 2015
A car makes its way down a street filled with snowed-in vehicles in Boston's Charlestown section Wednesday. Gov. Baker announced a statewide travel ban as Monday's snowstorm got underway. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Some will say Gov. Charlie Baker was lucky with this week’s blizzard. But observers say he showed competence.

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)

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)

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

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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