I am a Ph.D candidate in the School of Communication at Florida State University in Tallahassee. In addition, I am also teaching journalism and mass communication courses as a lead instructor and serving as the coordinator of the Center for South Asian Media Studies. 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.