AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST
For over 13 years, 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 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, while at CBS radio in Chicago. Mariam has covered everything from presidential visits, to federal court cases, to protests and shootings in the city. She also had a stint 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.
Prior to her Chicago journey she worked for WILL-AM in Urbana as a fill in host and news anchor. Mariam also worked as a DJ, news director, reporter and anchor for Champaign based WPGU FM where she received an award for best newscast. She also held many positions while at UI7 television news including: reporter, anchor, producer, director, video editor, and weather anchor. In addition she volunteered for Illinois Radio Reader where she read newspapers and books on the air for the visually impaired.
Mariam studied theater and classical voice in college, and co-launched the first ever American Muslim talent night at the University of Illinois. She has done everything from extra work on a big budget film, to industrial videos and photo shoots, and voice overs. She starred in the award winning short film “The Outcast” which was selected to be screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France. Mariam has studied improv, sketch comedy and standup through various programs in Chicago. She started with the year long improv program, followed by the famed conservatory program and the music conservatory program at The Second City Training Center. She has also studied guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Mariam is a member of SAG AFTRA
Mariam launched Hijabtrendz in 2007 as a platform that explored fashion, beauty and entertainment from the point of view of an American Muslim woman. She created the first online hijab fashion dress up game, sold hijabs, featured guest writers, and grew an audience of over 800,000 on Facebook through word of mouth. The website received well over 2 million visits a month at its peak. Currently, the site is dedicated to bringing occasional reviews and articles, but serves more as a directory for those looking for hijab fashion companies.
For all inquiries, including public speaking, stand up performance, media interviews, or media consulting on the American Muslim market, you can reach her: mariam at mariamsobh dot com or through Facebook.