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Husband & Bio: Amna Nawaz Saw Her Wedding Battle Muslim Norms

Date: 05 Dec, 2018

Husband & Bio: Amna Nawaz Saw Her Wedding Battle Muslim Norms

Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Amna Nawaz's life story can inspire all of us women. She has married a Christian despite being a Muslim. She is much different from the conservative Muslims who don’t even allow their girls to go out without a burka.

The Virginia native is one of the rising stars of PBS Newshour who has reached a tremendous height in her career. She formerly worked as an anchor/reporter at ABC News, hosted the “Uncomfortable” podcast for ABC News Radio. Prior to joining ABC, she had worked for NBC News.

PBS & Job Cuts: Amna Nawaz speaks to Denver Post editor Chuck Plunkett about job cuts in Denver Posts (Published on Apr 9, 2018)

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. Her work has appeared on Al Jazeera, PBS, MSNBC, and The Young Turks Network. She has reported from all over the world including Syria, Turkey, Colombia, South Africa, Haiti, to name a few. Because of her years of experience in the industry, she is paid a high salary wherever she goes. 

Find Out  Amna Nawaz’s Bio, Age, Nationality,  and Family 

Amna Nawaz often mentions how her parents were so supportive about what she wanted to do, and they were always volunteering their time – organizing and giving back to their community in some way. She was born on 18 September 1979 in Virginia, United States. Her father was a journalist and anchor who covered an English Language news program in Pakistan. 

Once her father published her crayon illustrated story when she was 8 years old and watching her work getting recognized at such a tender age ignited a passion for journalism in her.

2001's 911 Attack Changed Her Life

After completing her education from the University of Pennsylvania in politics, philosophy, and economics, she pursued a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the reputed London School of Economics and Social Science. She then started her journalism career with a year-long fellowship program at ABC News Nightline, but she had thought to be a lawyer after the program completion. But the fate had another plan for her. Not long after she had joined her first media company, she got a chance to investigate the 9/11 attacks as part of a Peabody Award-winning team.

At this point in her life, she became more dedicated and passionate for journalism because she had understood the value of right information and the curiosity elements of stories. 

When Did Amna Nawaz Join PBS?

Nawaz joined PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) in April 2018 as the Correspondent/Substitute Anchor for an American daily evening television news program known as PBS hour. This show is America’s first hour-long nightly news broadcast, known for its in-depth coverage of issues and current events. 

Prior to joining PBS, she had worked at ABC News as the Anchor/ Reporter for the famous podcast series Uncomfortable and as the News associate and then the Associate Producer at NBC, New York. While her time at NBC News, she became the Bureau Chief/ Correspondent at NBC News, Pakistan for seven years. In 2014, she also became the Founding and Managing Editor for NBCnews.com's Asian America vertical.

This Is Why Amna Nawaz Is Bravest Pregnant Woman Ever

Hats Off to Amna Nawaz for daring to go to war-zone Waziristan during her early pregnancy in 2013. She had to go through the morning sickness and the mood swings and then work on the war-zone. She was the first foreign journalist allowed inside North Waziristan, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, entering the global hub of Al Qaeda and Taliban activity.

Family Matters: Bold and Beautiful: Amna at War-Zone during early pregnancy (up) and Amna holding her first daughter, Karam for the first time (down) (Photo: Amna Nawaz's Facebook)

Indeed, she is one of the courageous female journalists in the nation. She has 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.

Everyone Can Learn From Amna Nawaz's Inter-Racial Wedding 

Although her marriage to American media journalist Paul Wardel broke Muslim norms because it was an inter-racial marriage, she has been smiling every day ever since their first meeting.

The 39-year-old American journalist married Paul Werdel 11 years ago. It was obviously a love marriage as they have 2 beautiful daughters completing their family. The beautiful family currently lives in Washington D.C. Her husband is the Product Director at The New York Times, where he focuses on the company's core news products on mobile devices.

Christian Husband, Muslim Wife: Amna celebrates her first-date-a-versary with husband in July 2018  (Photo: Amna's facebook post)

What Amna Nawaz's life story has taught us is that happiness is the key factor in anyone’s life despite race, color or religion.