Sample Work

WYPR 88.1

Pugh tours the Penn/North violence reduction zone

Cuba: Finding my Roots
A Bottle of Rum and a Little Rumba

Water bill woes dampen holiday spirit

New police training targets mental illness

Amendments added to gun billwith Morning Edition Host, Nathan Sterner

ICE creates chilling effect on restaurant and Latino communities

Overcoming trauma by getting out of Baltimore

Fear in a Welcoming City: Baltimore’s Immigration PolicyMidday

Freelance Work from Turkey


Syrian parents in Turkey worry their kids are losing their culturePRI’s The World

Coping with loss of limb and life in the shadow of Syria’s warTRT World

Swapping schoolbooks for sewing– US News & World Report

The shattered pieces of a war-torn education– The Atlantic

Breaking News for NPR

Breaking Newscast-NPR
Reported, VO, Produced, and Edited

PBS Newshour


World leaders wary of a Donald Trump presidency

Chernobyl’s haunting impact 30 years later

Steelworkers’ stories of disappearing jobs comes to life onstage in ‘Sweat’


Team Refugee to debut at Rio Olympics

Executions spiked in 2015, highest level in 25 years Amnesty International report finds

Want to Practice Arabic? Syrian Tutors are Ready to Lend a Voice

Report: Female Genital Mutilations affects at least 200 million women

Tunisia marks five years since revolution, but challenges remain


Feature Stories

ATM robberies becoming more brazen around the globe

5 things you may want to know about Tim Cook before commencement season

Podcasts: 5 Things You Need to Know this Weekend

USA TODAY Breaking News Team:

Winter storm moves up East Coast

 Weather forecast: Snow easy travel

Spanish to English Translation:

Powerball Winners Updated Version

Arabic to English Translation:

Twitter co-founder threatened by Islamic State

Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight Show

Summer 2014 internship with America Tonight Show at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.. I had the opportunity to write for online, working on breaking news, and research for evergreen stories.

A Year Later, the Lessons Learned in the Ashes of Lac-Megantic

Protests: Continue for a Fourth Night in Ferguson

Ferguson Spotlights Police Militarization

The GW Hatchet

Working for the GW Hatchet since the beginning of my freshman year has given me a unique opportunity to see a wide array of stories effecting GW students and Foggy Bottom residents.  Here a few snippets of my favorite pieces.

Farm to Fork

GW Women in Business

Same Sex Marriage

Middle East Broadcasting

Working under the mentorship of Nadia Bilbassy as one of my first internships really encouraged and inspired me to work in broadcast media and learn the ins and outs of correspondence from an international perspective.  Also learning how to create interesting stories for a Middle Eastern audience. Here are a few of the stories I have worked on.

The Light in Her Eyes

Samira Ibrahim from Egypt

An Arab A Jew and A Truck

The Fiscal Times

Working for the Fiscal Times in Summer of 2013 I learned about writing techniques, website audience, traffic, and statistics.  I went out of my comfort zone for writing stories and researching about statistics, numbers, and data, but here were a few take-away’s from my time there.

17 Great Travel Apps for Your Vacation

Gettysburg Remembered: The Battle By the Numbers

Retailers Look to Boost Early Back-to-School Sales 

Personal Projects

Here are a compilations of projects in and outside of class that I have completed. Enjoy.

Audio: The Legacy of the Huey Helicopter

Reclaim Childhood


Founding Farmers- NRA Show 2013 Promo



GW Women Veterans




Last Word: The Waiting Room

This article originally appeared in Commonweal Online Magazine.

A small church in the heart of Istanbul is a sanctuary for Iraqi Christians on their way to somewhere else. Just a short walk from Taksim Square, near the sites of several recent terrorist attacks, it offers refuge for those who’ve fled persecution by ISIS and are seeking asylum in places like Canada, Australia, and Europe. But even while the Church of the Covenant of the Sacred Heart serves as a haven, Turkey itself can be hard on those forced to make the country their temporary home.

“Turkey is a waiting room if you are an asylum seeker,” says Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Turkish parliament. Refugees “realize that Turkey is not a multicultural society where ethnic, religious, and societal differences are accommodated, so they will always be second- or third-class citizens.”

Iraqi Christians who arrive in Turkey can receive U.N. visas allowing them to stay for two to ten years while applying for asylum elsewhere. But in this transitional state, they find it difficult to assimilate into Turkish society. They cannot speak the language; they’re forced to take the hardest and lowest-paying work. Many have left family behind in Iraq—relatives whowon’t be able to get out now that Turkey has closed its borders.

“Yes, we feel welcome here,” says Zuhur Garabat, a mother of two from Baghdad who is hoping to move to Australia. “But there is no help for us.” She is drinking tea in the basement of the Church of the Covenant of the Sacred Heart after Mass. She has been in Istanbul for four years and has been waiting for her visa for two years. Her daughter, now nineteen, stopped attending school in Iraq in seventh grade and works in a textile workshop in Istanbul. Syrian Christian refugees, Garabat says, have received more help than those from Iraq.

Garabat’s friend Juana, a thirty-one-year-old mother of four from Dahuk in the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq, sits next to her. She says she cannot afford to send her children to school. Her husband works at a clothing store, a job that does not provide enough money for the family. Juana waited more than eighteen months to receive a letter from the Australian Migrant Review Board requesting an interview for her visa; she must wait at least another seven months to have that interview. “I wish we could leave,” she says. “The future of my children is lost here in Turkey.”

The Mass the women attend at Sacred Heart is said in Arabic and Aramaic; it is the Chaldean Mass, one of the oldest in the world, written by St. Jude. The church itself is part-Turkish, part-Arabic, its interior painted white with light blue accents. A mosaic of Christ, embellished in gold, is at the altar. Abouna Orhan, a priest at Sacred Heart, works to ensure his parishioners feel welcome. “When tragedy happens, that is when people turn to God,” he says. “So I help people do that.”

Orhan understands the plight of those who come to his church. “Iraqis are very transient here,” he says. “They want to leave because there are mostly Muslims in this country, and they want to go where they have their families and a community to support them.” Indeed, as of 2010, Christians accounted for only 0.3 percent of the Turkish population, according to a report from the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Further, in the aftermath of the failed coup in 2016, Christians are increasingly the target of hate crimes and hate speech, even though the minority Christian community has spoken out against the attempted overthrow. Erdemir blames government-run media for helping inflame the situation with reports such as those stating that Fettullah Gulen, the alleged leader of the plot, is a member of the Catholic clergy.

Regardless of the political volatility in Turkey, Iraqi Christians who are in need of sanctuary will likely remain until they get where their families are waiting for them and where they can form their own communities. Garabat and Juana, when asked what they desire for the future, answer in unison: peace. They also say they have no wish to return home. “The future is not in Iraq,” Juana says. “It is far away from there.”

Muhammad Abunnassr contributed to this reporting.