Tuesday, January 8, 2013

First Hijabi News Anchor in America


“No one would hire me." These are the words she recalls the most –  the very words that continued to resonate in her ears as she completed her four year bachelor's in broadcasting.
"I had so many Muslim family members and friends tell me that no one would hire me." She explains this two days before Mnar Muhawesh starts her first day at UTVS, a local Minnesota TV station as a special reporter. Defying those very words and ideas, Muhawesh has become not only a representative for UTVS, rather a representative for Muslims and in particular Shias throughout the country. She has become a role model, being the first Hijabi to be on a local TV station as a special-reporter journalist in the entire United States, if not North America.

Every child at one point in their life fantasizes about who they want to be, what career they wish to pursue, and how they want to live their life – it's only natural. Muhawesh explains how, as a little child, she enjoyed watching the news with her parents. Throughout her high school life, she describes herself as a "news girl", someone who enjoyed debating politics and any other issues that were of importance to her. Living up to her dreams and presenting herself "in a modest yet friendly manner," Muhawesh has accomplished her childhood dream.
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