About the Blogger

20170130_120311.jpgI 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.


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  1. Hello Mr. Saleem,

    This is Sami Sherwani. I had gone to JFK Airport yesterday, March 31, to drop off my wife for her trip to Pakistan. She was booked for a flight on PIA. When we got there, they had told us the flight was cancelled for today and would be arriving on April 1 at 3:00 P.M.. None of the websites online were updated. The lady at the airport said that she had no hand in that. The flight has not left Manchester yet and it is 12:40 P.M.. It takes about 10 hours for the flight to arrive, meaning that it would arrive here at around 9:00 tonight. I have also called the airport in Manchester, and they said that they are not sure if the plane will even be arriving tonight at JFK. About 100 families in America and 100 families in Manchester have been very troubled by this situation. We are all very frustrated and PIA is not giving us any information at all. Please help us by providing the people with information about the unprofessional and terrible customer service of PIA. People deserve to know what is going on. Thank you very much. If you need to check the information, the flight number from Manchester to America is PK0711, and the flight number from America to Lahore, Pakistan is PK0712. Thank you very much.

    Thank you again,
    Sami Sherwani


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