Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, columnist and consultant specializing in global affairs, religion and culture.
Anisa Mehdi’s pioneering work as a producer and reporter in mainstream American news media spans 30 years. She began her career at Eyewitness News in Boston and moved on to the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes where she worked with Dan Rather, Morley Safer and Meredith Vieira. Additional broadcast credits include PBS Frontline, ABC Nightline, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
An Arab-American Muslim in mainstream media, Anisa helped broaden the scope of reporting on the Middle East and its religious communities by contributing perspective and nuance to myriad stories before and after 9/11. Her acclaimed National Geographic documentary “Inside Mecca” profiles three individuals making the Hajj in 2003. She directed the Hajj episode for PBS’s 2014 series, “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.”
In articles, columns, and public presentations, Anisa draws on decades of religion and culture reporting to illuminate complexities and inconsistencies in the news. She directs attention to her chief subject: the people that live the consequences of international decision-making.
Anisa’s Emmy Awards are from the world of arts and culture reporting. She reported on faith in America for PBS’s “Religion and Ethics News Weekly,” where she profiled the Navy’s first Muslim chaplain and reported on Muslim candidates for public office just before and after 9/11. She was culture correspondent and arts talk show host for over a decade on WNET/New Jersey Network and interviewed 20th century giants such as Isaac Stern, Dawn Upshaw and Wynton Marsalis. Anisa continues weaving her arts expertise into current work as a consultant for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Building Bridges program.
Other awards include a dozen from the Society of Professional Journalists in feature, deadline and enterprise reporting. Her FRONTLINE film “Muslims” won the CINE Golden Eagle. In 2009-2010 Anisa was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and served in Amman, Jordan. She has a Masters from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, a Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies from Seton Hall, and a B.A. from Wellesley College.