People from Bangladesh have been contributing in different sectors successfully. This includes media, especially, journalism. A Bangladeshi descent, Tasnim Mahfuz (Bengali: তাসমিন মাহফুজ), has been awarded as with ‘Gracies Award*’ for the category of ‘Outstanding Producer – News’ in recognition of women in journalism, newspapers, radio and television in the United States of America in 2015. This is the leading award in women’s journalism in United States of America. The Society of Professional Journalists – Utah Chapter also presented her with an award for multimedia journalism in the same year.
Tasmin Mahfuz is the first Bangladeshi descent great women who received this honorary award. Even she is the first South Asian who received this award. She is the daughter of Abul Wahid Mahfuz and Nazmun Mahfuz. Tasmin was born on 28th May, 1987 in West Palm Beach, Florida in United States of America. She was also raised in the same place. This is noteworthy that Nazmun Mahfuz, mother of Tasmin, also had track record in Journalism. She produced and hosted weekly television shows for South Florida’s PBS and cable television. Tasmin learned the basics of TV from her mom.
Tasmin Mahfuz is a graduate of Emory University in International Studies. After graduation, she completed a two-year internship at the United Nations and also received a Master’s degree in Legal Studies.
She produced her first report as a ‘broadcast journalist’ from Istanbul, Turkey in 2012. Then, she started a job as a ‘news reporter’ with an international network called Ebru TV where she reported from New York City, New Jersey and Washington DC. Tasmin also reported live from the United Nations, providing breaking news from the UN General Assembly.
She was the Southern Utah Bureau Chief at ABC 4 Utah earlier. She launched the station’s first TV news bureau and was responsible to cover an area of 20,000 square miles that has a population of 200,000+ people.
At present, she is working as the evening news anchor at WHAG News. She produces and presents the news to audiences in the four-state region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia of United States of America.
List of winners: http://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2015-gracies-winners/
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*The annual Gracies Awards, established in 1975, celebrates the accomplishments of women in media in the U.S.
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