Hi, my name is Hafsa!
I am currently serving as the inaugural WBUR Newsroom Fellow through December 2021. I recently graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
In the summer of 2020, I was the inaugural Korva Coleman Diversity Intern at KMUW in Wichita, KS. As part of my internship I learned how to report remotely and produce daily spots that aired on KMUW 89.1. Throughout my internship, I reported on coronavirus testing, primary elections, county and city meetings that discussed important changes to COVID-19 policies, and the state of the local economy. I also contributed a timely business story to The Range, a weekly podcast. I received voice coaching and guidance from my mentors to host a newscast in my final week.
During the spring of 2019, I was an intern at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Throughout my internship, I supported the National Desk, comprised of 45 reporters and editors across the nation by doing background research, finding contacts to interview on-air, building digital story pages for the web, and drafting social media callouts. I also field-reported from rallies on the longest partial government shutdown, delved into the prevalence of blackface after the scandals in Virginia, and fact-checked President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Before covering national news with NPR, I was a radio news intern for WUSF Public Media, Tampa Bay’s regional NPR member station. I produced and cultivated news-worthy content for the website and conducted interviews and research for groundbreaking local stories. During my internship, I covered topics such as Hurricane Irma, March For Our Lives, and the Florida Legislature. Check out my Experiences tab for a breakdown of all of my journalistic work!
Some of my career goals include making journalism more interactive and accessible for audiences, as well as increasing coverage of the Muslim-American community and uplifting their voices.
Resume available upon request.