Shomial Ahmad is a freelance reporter based in New Jersey. She's an award-winning radio and print journalist who writes about culture, religion and immigration, oftentimes finding a local angle to an international story.
She was a staff reporter at WABE, Atlanta's NPR station, and she reported at the NPR station in Houston. She covered immigration and the environment. She won "Best Series" from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association for reports done in South Georgia, covering the effects of a new Georgia immigration law.
Her local stories have been picked up by the national press, debated on ethnic radio and copied by other major media outlets. She has reported for The New York Times, National Public Radio, Newsday and her hometown's alternative weekly, Fort Worth Weekly. She was a National Public Radio (NPR) Kroc Fellow.
She can speak Urdu and some Arabic.(profile photo by Burair Nazir, homepage photo by Erik Voss.)