AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST
For over a decade Mariam has been covering news in Chicago. She started with NPR affiliate WBEZ, and worked as a political reporter for Illinois Radio Network. Currently, she’s an anchor and reporter with CBS radio. Many of her stories air nationally. Mariam recently was on the team that won the national Edward R. Murrow award for best breaking news, she also won 3rd place in the silver dome awards for best spot news coverage in the shooting death of 7 year old Amari Brown. Mariam is the first woman in hijab to work on-air in commercial radio in the U.S. She has covered everything from presidential visits, to federal court cases, to protests and shootings in the city. Mariam also was asked to come on as a TV host for a startup channel called Touchvision in Chicago. Her videos aired on TV and online. They were some of the most viewed opinion videos for the station.
Mariam studied theater and classical voice in college, and co-launched the first ever American Muslim talent night at the University of Illinois.
In Chicago, Mariam secured a talent agent and was the first Muslim woman in hijab that was ever brought on to the agency. She’s done everything from extra work on a big budget film, to industrial videos and photo shoots, and voice overs.
Mariam studied improv, sketch comedy and standup through various programs in Chicago.
She was the first woman in hijab to study at the Second City training center, starting with the year long improv program, followed by being accepted into the famed conservatory program and the music conservatory program. Mariam has also studied guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Mariam is a member of SAG AFTRA
Mariam launched Hijabtrendz.com in 2007 as a platform that explored fashion, beauty and entertainment from the point of view of an American Muslim woman. It was the first of its kind in the US and one of a few blogs to feature hijab fashion internationally at the time garnering nearly 800,000 fans on Facebook through word of mouth. At the start of her blogging jounrey, her photo went viral and has appeared (without her permission) in ad campaigns in Singapore and Indonesia. Her hijab tutorial videos were some of the first ever made on Youtube, and now there are 1000’s of young women who have followed suit with videos and blogs of their own.
For all inquiries, including public speaking, media interviews, or media consulting on the American Muslim market, you can reach her by going here.