I work as an Assistant Professor at Lamar University Department of Communication in Beaumont, TX. I teach broadcast journalism courses, and also advise students producing content for LUTV.
Prior to joining Lamar University, I graduated from the School of Communication at Florida State University in Tallahassee with a Ph.D in summer 2017. As a doctoral student at FSU, I have taught journalism, media writing, and television production courses. My research interests are political communication, social media, emerging technologies, political economy of media, and agenda-setting.
Earlier, I served the first U.S. correspondent for Pakistan’s leading news channel Dunya News and its sister publication, Daily Dunya, in Washington, D.C. from April 2011 to July 2013. I have worked as a reporter, producer, and newsroom manager for print, television, and online platforms for more than 12 years in Pakistan, India, and the U.S. Having freelanced for a couple of years as a feature writer for Daily The Nation in Lahore (Pakistan), I spent five years (2002-07) as a staff correspondent with Pakistan’s largest circulating English Daily The News, covering politics as well as social issues.
After making the transition to TV journalism in 2007, I managed the newsroom of Express News TV, Lahore (Pakistan) for more than three years as a Senior Producer and Shift Incharge before joining Dunya News TV as Senior Executive Producer and Head of Central Newsroom in July 2010. I have also served as Pakistan correspondent for India’s largest independent online news agency, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), for a year (2010-11).
As a recipient of Fulbright scholarship, I attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, and also received a UNESCO fellowship for training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2004. I was also selected as the John H. Phipps scholar for 2013-14 by the School of Communication, Florida State University.
I graduated from the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan with an M.A in Development Journalism in 2001 and an M.Phil in Mass Communication in 2004.
In my spare time, I write on Pakistani politics and media landscape as a freelancer and tweet @awaissaleem77.