Hijab Wearing TV Reporter Charts New Path for Muslim-Americans

Hijab Wearing TV Reporter Charts New Path for Muslim-Americans

Editor: Draco Copper | Tactical Investor

Hijab Wearing TV Reporter

“I love the way that you can craft a story with TV news,” explains Tahera Rahman, who started her job as a reporter at WHBF in February. “You get to do it in the words of the people themselves.”

Those footsteps ultimately brought her to the WHBF-TV newsroom where Rahman now stands alone as the first full-time broadcast television news reporter in the United States to wear the traditional Muslim head scarf, also known as a hijab.

“I always knew that I had never seen anyone who looks like me on camera before… at least on American television,” she says. “I have a lot of family members who do not wear a head scarf, but my mom wears one and a couple of my aunts also do. We are taught that in Islam, it is a choice.”

It is a choice Rahman embraces. She says she first wore the hijab when she was 12.

“I think I’ve made more of a conscious effort as I’ve grown older to connect more to my heritage,” she says, though she admits it has sometimes been a struggle. Full Story


Hijab Wearing TV Reporter Tahera Rahman will always remember Feb. 8, 2018.

That’s the day she gave her first on-air broadcast as a journalist for WHBF, a television station covering the Quad Cities region in Illinois and Iowa.

It’s also the day she made history, becoming the first full-time broadcast TV reporter in America to wear a hijab on the air.

However, some people in her life — even some of her mentors — told her it was an unlikely dream. America wasn’t ready to see a hijab-wearing news anchor, they said.

Rahman was determined to prove them wrong. When an opening came up for an on-air reporting job at WHBF, she leapt at the chance to apply. Full Story

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