US to get first veiled Muslim anchor

Noor Taghouri hopes to be the first veiled Muslim anchor on US commercial television

US to get first veiled Muslim anchor

World Bulletin / News Desk

Overcoming struggles for her identity as an American Muslim child, Noor Taghouri is a Libyan-American journalist who has set a precedence for many young Muslim American women.

With so much underrepresenation in the media, Muslim men and women are misrepresented so often so that Taghouri explais in a Skinless Project interview, that even the  mention of a Muslim on a television show or film brings about feelings of suspicion and deception. Representations of Muslims in media have been mostly negative and have seriously affected both American Muslims’ lives and their image in non-Muslim Americans’ minds.

Justine Love, the director for CBS Radio community and public affairs,  recognized the journalism major student's outstanding spoken word performance on World AIDS Day several years ago and offered an internship when she was 18.

Noor Tagouri is the answer to all cynics and critics who claim that Muslim women are not confident enough, not proud enough, not empowered enough, and not strong enough. Her dream and its eventual fulfillment challenge those Muslims and non-Muslims who treat women as inferior to men.

 Taghouri said that she "was always obsessed with telling stories and asking questions. I always managed to get some type of story out of everyone I met, and often times after they shared the story, they’d say something like, “I’ve never told anyone this story.” Or tell me I should be a journalist, haha. When I was 8, I’d come home from school every day and watch Oprah with my mom. She did exactly what I loved doing. So I became more obsessed!"

She continued saying that, despite the support and praise she receives, Tagouri faces bias by some.

"There have been so many times where I have been knocked down, where people told me I wasn't going to be able to do it, where people in the newsroom that I was interning at would go behind my back... saying, 'Who does she think she is? Does she not know that this isn't going to happen for her?'" Tagouri says.

"But they don't realize that this generation, right now, is an upcoming generation. Things are changing. People are going to get used to it. People... want diversity; they want to understand each other."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Nisan 2015, 16:47