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
Health Apr 03Across the U.S., economic losses mount, but virus peak still lies ahead
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed some 7,000 lives across the United States, with more than 40 percent of those in New York. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said he will seize vital unused equipment from private hospitals if necessary in…
Nation Mar 31U.S. restrictions on movement likely to persist as death toll tops China’s
The U.S. death toll from novel coronavirus has now exceeded that of China. While Italy and Spain have recorded many more deaths, the U.S. has the most confirmed cases of the illness. Dozens of states have limited residents’ movement outside…
Health Mar 06Can $8 billion in emergency spending help the U.S. curb novel coronavirus?
On Friday, President Trump signed a bipartisan, $8 billion emergency spending package to fund the U.S. government response to novel coronavirus. Still, concerns remain over how quickly health officials are able to conduct tests for the illness. Meanwhile, the number…
Health Mar 04How San Francisco is fighting novel coronavirus — and the stigma that comes with it
On Wednesday, California officials confirmed the state’s first death from novel coronavirus, as the number of infections nationwide continues to rise. But beyond the serious medical implications of the virus, it is also provoking fear, suspicion and ethnic stereotyping. Amna…
Politics Mar 02California will award 10 percent of all Democratic delegates. How are voters deciding?
More than 1,300 Democratic delegates are at stake on Super Tuesday. The biggest prize by far is California, where 10 percent of all Democratic delegates will be awarded. With three candidates leaving the race since the South Carolina primary, Golden…
Arts Mar 02‘American Prison’ author Shane Bauer answers your questions
Shane Bauer, author of our February pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Amna Nawaz to answer reader questions on “American Prison,” and Amna announces the March book selection.
Politics Feb 21How will 2020 Democrats fare in more diverse Nevada?
The Nevada caucuses officially begin Saturday, but a massive number of voters has turned out already for early participation. Because the demographics of the diverse state more closely resemble those of the Democratic Party overall, this contest is attracting particular…
Politics Feb 20As Bloomberg roils the race, fellow 2020 Democrats target him in debate
Wednesday night’s Las Vegas Democratic debate was the most contentious yet, as candidates who have been facing off for months took on debate newcomer Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire and former mayor of New York. Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions…
Science Feb 06With record space mission, astronaut Christina Koch inspires women back on Earth
After spending nearly 11 months in orbit aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth Thursday, parachuting into Kazakhstan with two crewmates aboard a Soviet Soyuz capsule. Koch set a record for the single longest female stay…
Politics Jan 20As Iowa approaches, 2020 Democrats highlight differences but push for unity
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren appeared to put their recent clash behind them as they joined a South Carolina celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. But former Vice President Joe Biden questioned whether either of them would…