Several years ago, when Noor Tagouri was a student at the University of Maryland, she was able to shadow some pretty big names in journalism, including Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien and Christiane Amanpour. She also got to tag along with an ABC reporter, who happened to snap a photo of Tagouri at an anchor desk. Tagouri posted the image on her Facebook page with the caption: “This is what my dream looks like, and I’m going to make it happen.”
Of course, thousands of young women in Washington have had this dream. The difference for Tagouri: She wanted to be the first hijabi anchor on American TV.
Soon after Tagouri posted the image, it went viral worldwide, with tens of thousands of shares. And the Libyan-Americanfrom Bowie, Md., was on her way. She’s now an anchor and producer at Newsy and is currently working on a series called A Woman’s Job—premiering this month—showcasing her travels across the country profiling women in male-dominated fields, such as football coaching and chemical engineering. While becoming a national anchor isn’t her highest priority any longer, Tagouri still wants to be a national voice. She has a full slate of speaking engagements (she’s already notched a TED Talk) with a stop at Austin’s SXSW this spring.