A Postgraduate Degree holder in Political Science, Asma Shirazi is a female journalist and anchor currently working at 92 News. She began her career with Geo News in 2001 and would go on to acquire a diverse variety of
A Postgraduate Degree holder in Political Science, Asma Shirazi is a female journalist and anchor currently working at 92 News. She began her career with Geo News in 2001 and would go on to acquire a diverse variety of experience as a reporter and anchor with numerous channels.
After working with GEO, she joined ARY News as an anchor and host of their current affairs programme and later joined SAMAA TV in July 2010. She then hosted the widely acclaimed show, ‘Faisla Aap Ka’, with DAWN. She was recognized for her comprehensive, unbiased and fair journalistic skills with the accolade of Best Current Affairs Anchor.
She also hosted two popular television talk shows, including one on parliamentary affairs that Musharraf banned when he clamped down on independent news coverage. Asma Shirazi joined BOL News on 24 October 2014 as Executive Vice President and Senior Anchor person.
Asma Shirazi has also reported from the front on numerous conflicts that include the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 as well as the state of emergency announced by General Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan in 2007.
Asma Shirazi is the first Pakistani to win the prestigious Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. The award is given annually to a single journalist who has demonstrated a great commitment to unbiased reportage and to upholding media freedoms. Shirazi’s award pays 'tribute to the courage of those who fight for freedom of information in Pakistan, where seven journalists were murdered in connection with their work in 2013,' said Delphine Halgand, the Director of Reporters without Borders.
AFP has also recognized her momentous contribution. 'AFP is happy to be associated with this recognition of Asma Shirazi’s great courage and perseverance in reporting on conflict and politics in Pakistan despite the personal dangers she faced,' said David Millikin, AFP’s director for North America.