Many of you may know my own personal story of navigating the TV news industry, and while it continues to be a tough battle to get the door to open, I’m very proud and happy that someone I know personally, was able to break through and pave the way!
She didn’t have a hashtag campaign, there was no pomp and circumstance. She worked hard as a journalist and producer and all that paid off when she was recently promoted to an on camera reporter.
What many people may not realize, because there have been lots of girls who “aspire” or “claim” the title of being “first” hijabi this or that, there hasn’t been anyone on a U.S. news channel yet.
As a journalist myself, I’ve been tracking this for a very long time. And finally, a mainstream American network has opened the door.
We’ve seen it done in England and Canada, and now finally in the United States.
Today I bring you the first exclusive interview that Tahera Rahman has given on her journey and making history last night!
Many people may not realize it, but you’re the first woman in hijab to work as an on-air reporter for American television. Did that scare you to take on such a big role?
Yes and no. It’s definitely a milestone on many macro levels; what it means for Muslims in America, TV standards, etc., and realizing that God has opened that door for me is humbling and scary at the same time.
Personally, as a journalist, I feel more than ready to make the leap into what I had been building towards day after day, year after year. And I can’t wait to continue growing as a journalist. There’s a lot yet to learn.
I always held out hope that I would, but there were definitely times when I felt ready to give up. I had been working in radio for two years when I started applying for TV reporting gigs again. After months, I made it pretty far in the interview process at a station in Minot, North Dakota (yes, I was willing to move to Minot, North Dakota, to do what I wanted to do).