Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Amna Nawaz

Co-anchor, PBS NewsHour; Contributor, NBC News

Amna Nawaz is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, and currently co-anchor of the PBS NewsHour.

She reports on a wide variety of topics — including politics, foreign affairs, race and justice; interviews administration officials, lawmakers and newsmakers; and anchors special coverage for PBS.

Her documentaries include a look at life post-incarceration (Life After Lockup), an examination of America’s childcare crisis (Raising the Future), and the Peabody-award winning global look at plastic pollution (The Plastic Problem). She has co-hosted a podcast on criminal justice and the public defender system (Broken Justice), and hosts the primetime arts and culture series, “”Beyond the Canvas.””

In 2019 Nawaz became the first Asian American and Muslim American to moderate a presidential debate in U.S. history. In 2023, she became the first Muslim American woman to lead a national newscast.

Prior to joining the NewsHour in April 2018, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s livestream coverage of the 2016 presidential election. She hosted the documentary “Roberts County: A Year in the Most Pro-Trump Town,” as well as “Uncomfortable” – a podcast series featuring one-on-one conversations with thought leaders about the issues dividing America.

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 founding editor of NBC Asian America. In 2022, Nawaz was the recipient of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ Vision Award and the Media Award from the Muslim Affairs Public Council’s Media Award. In 2018, she was awarded the American Muslim Institution’s Excellence Award.

Nawaz is a contributor for NBC News, appearing regularly on Meet the Press and MSNBC. She lives with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area.