Americas First Veiled Muslim TV Anchor Noor Alhuda

2015-04-18 08:11:53 | Al Muslim News
Americas First Veiled Muslim TV Anchor Noor Alhuda

 

Driven by her childhood dream of becoming a journalist, a Libyan-American Noor Alhuda Taghouri, aims to be the first-ever veiled anchor on commercial television in America, defying the stereotyped image of the Muslim women in the mainstream media. For the junior journalist, landing the CBS Radio internship was a crucial step towards achieving her dream, OnIslam reported CBS Radio’s director for community and public affairs, Justine Love, 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. "I never thought I was going to wear this hijab, [but] when I did start wearing it, I decided that I still wanted to be a reporter, obviously, and I didn't want this to stop me," She said. "My name, Noor, means 'light.' My middle name is Alhuda, so Noor Alhuda means 'the guiding light,'" she says. "My name itself inspires me to be that guiding light†she added. Tagouri, 21, was finally able to fulfill her dream after launching her social media campaign #LetNoorShine or, "let light shine", in 2012, to encourage herself and others to pursue their dreams. "I started #LetNoorShine when I decided I was going to be very vocal about what I was doing to become a hijabi journalist on television -- on American television," Tagouri said. Proudly wearing the hijab, Tagouri has about 89,000 followers on her official Facebook page. Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress for Muslim woman, not a religious symbol displaying one's affiliations. According Pew Research Center study, Public Remains Conflicted over Islam, has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith. Another Economist/YouGov poll showed that a large majority of Americans believe that US Muslims are victims of discrimination amid recent attacks against the community.

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