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US Presidential Debate To Be Moderated By Pakistani-American Journalist This Year

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Pak­istani-American Amna Nawaz has become the first South Asian American journalist to be selected to moderate the United States presidential debate.

Amna Nawaz, who works for American Public Broadcasting Service and hosts News Hour, will be co-moderating the sixth Democratic primary debate in California two weeks from now.

According to a report in Dawn, the PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff would be leading the panel, which will also include White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.

Amna Nawaz, born in Virginia to Pakistani parents, joined PBS NewsHour in 2018, and now works as its senior national correspondent.

She had previously worked at ABC News, and has covered the 2016 American presidential election.

The journalist has also worked as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, and has reported from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey.

Amna Nawaz was also the founder of NBC’s Asian America platform, which is aimed at providing coverage to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

During her time at PBC, Nawaz has reported on, amongst others, politics, foreign affairs, climate change.

She has also worked on United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies whilst focusing on detention, refugees and asylum.

The journalist has interviewed renowned international leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Brazilian leader Eduardo Bolsonaro, and lawmakers and officials of the Trump administration.

In 2019, she received the Peabody Award, an award for the most powerful stories in media, for her reporting on the global plastic problem.


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