Tania Rashid is an award-winning journalist who works as a special correspondent for “PBS Newshour.” Her work has focused on human rights and women’s issues. She has also contributed to Channel 4, The National Geographic Channel, Vice, Mic, and CNN International.
Born in Saudi Arabia to a Bangladeshi father and Pathan mother, Rashid moved to Utah at a young age. She remembers watching Christiane Amanpour on television and being inspired to similarly travel the world to tell stories. Journalism was not an encouraged path in her household since Rashid’s parents wanted her to be a doctor, engineer, pharmacist or lawyer.
During her undergraduate years at the University of California Los Angeles, where she studied global studies and history, she started to see opportunities unfold. An internship at ABC’s “Nightline” further ignited her spark for journalism and storytelling.
She went on to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she received a masters in broadcast journalism and documentary. Shortly after she graduated, she moved to South Asia and lived there for four years.
While working at Al Jazeera English, she was the first female journalist on the ground at the collapse of “Rana Plaza,” the largest industrial disaster in Bangladesh which killed thousands of factory workers. She also followed the life of sex workers, toxic tanneries, and child marriage in the region.
Her work has taken her to South Africa, India, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.