Hijabi TV Reporters Seek to Inspire New Generations

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Though thousands of news reporters work in hundreds of TV networks across the US, it is still rare to see Hijab-wearing TV news reporters.

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Ayah Galal, a morning news reporter at WFSB, a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of four reporters who keep their hijabs.

“I didn’t want to compromise my faith for my profession,” she told The National News.

“Growing up, there were not people who looked like me on TV,” she says. “So I originally was worried about wearing hijab and getting hired.”

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Galal started out as a producer. Eventually, she went on air, becoming the first news reporter in Connecticut to wear a hijab on screen.

“There was a lot of positive feedback,” she continues. “It’s especially great to get the messages of support from the Muslim community. So many are just thrilled to see someone who looks like them on the air.”

Though Galal is the first hijabi TV reporter in Connecticut, it is Tahera Rahman who holds the record as the first hijabi reporter in the US.

“Growing up, I know that I never saw anybody wear the hijab as I watched the news,” Rahman, who is currently a reporter at KXAN, an NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas, said.

“I’m glad to see there are changes, but there’s definitely a long way to go.”

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