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Tasnim Nazeer: The First Hijabi To Anchor On Scottish TV News

It can be said that Tasnim Nazeer is inspiring in every sense of the word. At just 34 years of age, she is the mother of five kids (between 9 years old and 5 months old), a journalist, an author, and a Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace. Now, this British reporter and do-it-all woman has added another feat to her impressive list by becoming Scotland's first hijab-wearing freelance TV reporter.

Taking to Twitter to share her thoughts on her new role with STV News, Nazeer wrote: “Really pleased to have done my first TV report as a freelance journo for @STVNews at Six highlighting the need for more bereavement support in Scotland. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a news report in Scotland before. 

“Thanks STV for enabling me to break through the glass ceiling I felt I was under for so long. Representation is so important and glad to have been taken on based on skills and ability to do the job […] It’s important that media outlets in Scotland have representation on screen that reflects the national portrait of the society we live in & bring in different stories & perspectives.” 

Originally from London, of Sri Lankan heritage, and currently based in Glasgow, Scotland, Nazeer has had rich career in journalism. She has written for numerous top media agencies such as Al Jazeera, The Independent, CNN, The Guardian, HuffPost, BBC News Online, TRT World, Middle East Eye, and more. In addition, she has been awarded The Muslim News Ibn Battuta Award for Excellence in Media (2013) and the FIPP Rising Stars in Media Award (2018).

As a published author, she has written many books such as “Allah’s Gifts,” “Aleena Celebrates Eid,” “Its Ramadan,” and “Muslimah’s Key to Jannah,” and she has another publication coming up titled “Islamic Finance: A Practical Introduction.”

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