Amna Nawaz joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor.
Prior to joining the NewsHour, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Before that, she served as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, and the broader region. 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.
At the NewsHour, Nawaz has reported politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture and sports. Her immigration reporting has taken her to multiple border communities in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. She’s investigated the impact of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, including following the journey of a single toddler as she left her home in Mexico, was separated from her family at the U.S. border, and later reunited with her family several weeks later. She also regularly covers issues around detention, refugees and asylum, and migrant children in U.S. government custody.
Nawaz has interviewed international newsmakers -- including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Brazilian leader Eduardo Bolsonaro; lawmakers and Trump administration officials – including then-ICE Director Mark Morgan’s first interview after President Trump announced mass raids across the U.S., Acting Secretary of DHS Kevin McAleenan, and former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in her first interview since leaving the Trump administration; and influential voices including Reba McEntire, Gloria Estefan, and Dev Patel. Domestically, her reporting has taken her to Appalachia to cover healthcare and the economy, the Pacific Northwest to cover gentrification and discrimination in housing, and communities across the country to take the political pulse of the nation. Internationally, she’s traveled to Brazil to report on climate change from within the Amazon, and the Venezuelan refugee crisis.
In 2019, her reporting as part of a NewsHour series on the global plastic problem was the recipient of a Peabody Award.
While at ABC News, Nawaz reported the documentary, “Roberts County: A Year in the Most Pro-Trump Town,” following four families’ lives over President Trump’s first year in office, and hosted the podcast series, “Uncomfortable,” featuring in-depth, one-on-one conversations with thought leaders on the issues dividing America.
Earlier, at NBC News, 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, and was the first foreign journalist allowed inside North Waziristan, the then-global hub of Al Qaida and the Taliban. She covered the Taliban attack on Malala Yousafzai, the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, and broke news in a series of exclusive reports on the impact of U.S. drone strikes. Nawaz reported for the network’s investigative unit, covering the U.S. housing crisis and the BP oil spill, and also covered 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 first 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 has also been honored with an Emmy Award for the NBC News Special “Inside the Obama White House,” a Society for Features Journalism Award, and was a recipient of the International Reporting Project fellowship in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she captained the varsity field hockey team, and later earned her 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
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Nation Jun 21Doctored baseballs? MLB’s sticky situation, new rules explained
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Politics Jun 18Biden, Harris urge Black Americans to get vaccinated in Juneteenth addresses
As the country observes Juneteenth — a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — for the first time, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made public appearances, continuing their push to get…
Nation Jun 17The significance of Juneteenth, America’s first new federal holiday in decades
As of this Friday, Juneteenth — the day marking the end of slavery — is a federal holiday. Typically observed on the 19th of June, most federal employees will be able to observe it a day early because it lands…
Nation Jun 15Breaking down the White House strategy to end domestic terrorism
Nearly six months after pro-Trump rioters overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol, the White House on Tuesday published its framework for how it intends to combat one of the most pressing national security threats — domestic terrorism. Amna Nawaz examines the strategy…
Arts Jun 15How this campaign is renewing its push to keep America’s 21 lesbian bars afloat
A new documentary opens with a startling statistic: There were at least 200 lesbian bars, at their peak, in the late 1980s. Today, 21 remain.
Health Jun 07Why the FDA approved a controversial Alzheimer’s drug
The FDA on Monday approved the first new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease in nearly two decades. Federal health officials said it may help slow the brain-destroying disease's progression, but the approval goes against the agency's independent advisers who said…
Nation Jun 01The ‘enormous’ pressures of professional sports and its toll on players’ mental health
Tennis champion Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from the French Open after being fined for skipping press conferences has led to new conversations about athletes, mental health and the media. At 23 years old, Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam…
Education May 31Why this Indianapolis school district will keep remote learning on the table this fall
Educators around the country are looking ahead to next fall, with most districts planning to bring students back in the building full-time. But many districts aren't ditching virtual learning entirely. Flora Reichanadter, the superintendent of schools at the Metropolitan School…
Nation May 21The WNBA is celebrating 25 years of resilience. When will it get equal treatment?
The Women’s National Basketball Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. The WNBA has fought for national recognition of its athletes and has been at the forefront of the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ equality. Despite its share…