Writing a new chapter in history, Pakistani-American journalist Amna Nawaz to moderate presidential debate

Amna Nawaz is married to Paul Werdel, director, product development at the New York Times, and they live in D.C. with their two young daughters.

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Pakistan American Amna Nawaz, 40, PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent, has become the first South Asian American journalist to be selected to moderate a presidential debate.

She will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate, scheduled for Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California along with her immediate boss Judy Woodruff, PBS NewHour anchor and managing editor, and colleague PBS NewHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, and Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta.

Sara Just, executive producer of PBS NewsHour, said, “Judy Woodruff has incomparable experience moderating debates and demonstrates her fairness in probing interviews every day on the PBS NewsHour. I’m delighted that she will be joined on the debate stage by such accomplished and evenhanded journalists, including NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz and Yamiche Alcindor”.

Who is Amna Nawaz?

Amna Nawaz is married to Paul Werdel, director, product development at the New York Times, and they live in D.C. with their two young daughters.

She’s an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania–where she earned a bachelor’s degree, majoring in politics, philosophy and economics, and also where she captained the varsity field hockey team—and the London School of Economics—from where she received her master’s degree majoring in comparative politics.

Nawaz began her career as a Nightline fellow at ABC News. The coverage of Sept. 11 attack set the precedent for her career. She joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018.

She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform, built to elevate the voices of America’s fastest-growing population.

She was NBC’s Islamabad Bureau Chief and Correspondent for several years and was the first foreign journalist allowed inside North Waziristan, the then-global hub of Al Qaida and the Taliban.
In 2014, Nawaz said, “From day one in this industry, I was immersed in a system that held itself to the highest standards, with the chance to learn from some of the most talented, kindest, most dedicated people in the business”.

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  • Not everything is to be proud of. She came from a Muslim background and married to a White christian. People like her are more White then Whites. Her Pakistani heritage doesn’t mean anything for Pakistan.


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