Aishah Hasnie, anchor and reporter of FOX59 Indianapolis talks about her passions, experiences and challenges as a journalist, commenting on the similarities and differences in news reporting in the West and the East. Interning at the age of 18 with major network affiliates in Illinois and Indiana, Hasnie interned for GEO-TV in Pakistan where she experienced gender inequality and discovered that most reporters and producers were motivated by the new found freedom of press in Pakistan and had little or no formal journalism education, or a set of journalism standards as a benchmark. Prior to working at FOX59, Hasnie put to use her skills as an investigative reporter with WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana which led to changes in the Indiana legislature’s “voyeurism” law.
Aishah Hasnie is an intrepid young reporter garnering a lot of attention in the news field and making a distinct mark on the future of journalism. Recognized by the Indiana Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists for an investigative story that eventually changed Indiana State laws, Hasnie is an anchor and reporter at one of the leading Indianapolis news stations in the state.
The 29 year-old Bedford, Indiana inhabitant received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Indiana University in 2006 but it wasn’t always simple for the former biology major as she soon realized after a few classes that science wasn’t the right vocation for her, and that her true calling existed within the art of writing.
“I always say journalism found me,” she smiles. “Among the fiction writing and history classes was an Introduction to Journalism course—I really liked it, but I still didn’t think this would be my dream job.”