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Rahima Nasa, ’17, Named J-School’s First FRONTLINE Fellow

  • By Ellen Lai

Rahima Nasa, an alum from the Class of 2017, has been selected as the first Newmark J-School fellow for FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship investigative documentary series.

The new year-long journalism fellowship program is funded by The Tow Foundation, which also underwrites the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, the Tow Professorships, and other initiatives at the J-School.

At FRONTLINE, Nasa will work alongside its reporters and producers on documentaries, podcasts, and multimedia projects combining text, visual, and data elements.

“We are so pleased to kick off the first year of our enterprise journalism fellowship with the Newmark J-School with such a talented, up-and-coming reporter,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, FRONTLINE’s executive producer. “We’re very grateful to The Tow Foundation for their continued support of hard-hitting investigative journalism.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of Rahima and more grateful to FRONTLINE and The Tow Foundation for making this opportunity happen,” said Sarah Bartlett, dean of the Newmark J-School.

In February 2018, Nasa was hired as a reporting fellow at ProPublica, working on the Documenting Hate project with partner manager Rachel Glickhouse, ’15. Nasa filed more than 300 FOIA requests to produce a mix of long-form investigative pieces and shorter enterprise stories. Some of those pieces were published with FRONTLINE as part of its collaboration with ProPublica on the rise of violent white supremacists in the United States.

Nasa, who is fluent in English and Bengali, has also covered police and courts for the New York Daily News and served as an assistant producer for The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, where she graduated cum laude.