Hi, my name is Hafsa!
I just wrapped up a year-long fellowship with WBUR, Boston’s NPR member station. During this remote fellowship, I rotated between four different news departments to learn the different aspects of public media — including newscasting, producing, managing the digital side, and reporting. Most recently, I am proud of a feature I reported about how some health care practitioners are ditching the scale and adopting the use of weight-inclusive care.
Prior to joining WBUR, I received my M.A. in Journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in December 2020.
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 focuses are to make journalism more interactive and accessible for audiences, as well as to increase coverage of the Muslim-American community and uplift underrepresented voices.
Resume available upon request.