Amna Nawaz is National Correspondent and primary substitute anchor for PBS NewsHour since April 2018.
Prior to joining the NewsHour, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News where she anchored election, national political and breaking news coverage from 2015 to 2018. She also reported the documentary, “Roberts County: A Year in the Most Pro-Trump Town,” and hosted the podcast series, “Uncomfortable.”
Earlier, she worked at NBC, where her work appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, MSNBC, and MSNBC.com. She was NBC’s Islamabad Bureau Chief and Correspondent for several years, reporting from the Pakistan and Afghanistan region. She was the first foreign journalist allowed inside North Waziristan, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, entering the global hub of Al Qaeda and Taliban activity, and also covered the Taliban attack on Malala Yusufzai, the US raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, and a series of reports on US drone strikes.
Nawaz was the founder and managing editor for “NBC Asian America” a multi-platform effort designed to elevate the voices and issues of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. She reported for the network’s investigative unit, covering the US housing crisis and the BP oil spill, and also covered such major stories as the election and inauguration of Barack Obama, the earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricane Katrina.
Nawaz began her career as a Nightline Fellow at ABC News. When the Sept. 11 attacks happened just weeks into her new job, Nawaz was given the opportunity to work on one of the most important news events in recent times, which set the precedent for the rest of her career.
Nawaz received an International Reporting Project fellowship in 2009. She has received a number of awards, including an Emmy Award for the NBC News Special “Inside the Obama White House” and a Society for Features Journalism Award. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the London School of Economics.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area.
Amna’s Recent Stories
Arts Apr 04How ‘Hotel Mumbai’ illuminates the courage of the everyday hero
In 2008, a series of terror attacks rocked Mumbai, ultimately killing more than 160 people over three chaotic days. Now the horrific experience of those trapped in a hotel during the siege is being shared in “Hotel Mumbai.” Amna Nawaz…
Arts Mar 26Reba McEntire on women in country music and returning to her roots
She's a music and entertainment legend, star of movies, TV sitcoms and Broadway theater -- not to mention a retail mogul. Reba McEntire sits down with Amna Nawaz for a revealing chat about the changes she'd like to see in…
Nation Mar 13What I saw happening at the U.S.-Mexico border
Border Patrol's processing and detention centers were designed and constructed to hold single, adult men. Today, those same centers are holding families and children.
World Feb 04Scotland’s Sturgeon on why failure to reach a Brexit deal would be ‘catastrophic’
The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union in just seven weeks but still has no plan for the departure. In fact, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, says the UK is “not remotely prepared” to extricate itself from…
Nation Jan 18After racist taunts, youth hockey team rallies behind teammate
After 13-year-old Divyne Apollon II became the target of racist taunts by opponents, his teammates jumped to his defense. The camaraderie caught the eye of Washington Capitals’ players John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly, one of the NHL’s few black members,…
Science Jan 02Racing to understand the polio-like illness paralyzing kids
For the past few years, a rare polio-like illness has been striking otherwise healthy children, often after a mild respiratory illness or fever. Cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, reached record-high numbers in 2018, and doctors still cannot pinpoint…
Making Sen$e Dec 03In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal?
Pikeville is a small city of 6,700 nestled in the mountains of eastern Kentucky--a rural area that has struggled to survive the decline of the coal industry. Now, local residents are pinning their futures on health care, which is desperately…
Nation Nov 29The Tornillo shelter for migrant children was supposed to close after 30 days. Here’s why it’s still open
An emergency detention camp that opened this summer to help with an influx of migrant children was supposed to close after 30 days. But today, it remains open, and has become the largest shelter for migrant children, housing at least…
Nation Oct 16What new family separation policy is Trump considering?
More than 60 migrant children remain in U.S. custody after being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, according to the latest update from the government.
Politics Oct 03Officials were ‘not fully prepared’ to handle family separations at border, new report says
A government watchdog report made public confirms what many media outlets, immigration lawyers and advocates have said for months after the Trump administration rolled out its "zero tolerance" policy earlier this spring: Officials were not prepared.