Navbahor Imamova is the first and only US journalist accredited in Uzbekistan

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Navbahor Imamova is the first and only US journalist accredited in Uzbekistan

The reforms carried out in Uzbekistan are also reflected and covered in the world media.

Voice of America’s journalist Navbahor Imamova, becoming an important partner of Uzbekistan National News Agency in the US, has been accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

It is worth mentioning that prior to this, fixed term permissions were provided for covering certain events, but a journalist from the United States did not have that status until today to freely carry out activities in the country.

Navbahor IMAMOVA:

Navbahor Imamova is the first and only US journalist accredited in Uzbekistan

She grew up in an intelligent family in Koshkorgon village of Bostanlyk district in Tashkent Region.
Navbahor Imamova is a prominent Uzbek journalist at the Voice of America. As anchor, reporter, editor, web editor, and producer, she has covered Central Asia and America for almost 15 years on TV, radio and online. During 2016-2017, she was an Edward S. Mason Fellow, while working on her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also led the Central Asian Caucus there.

She played a pivotal role in the launch of Uzbek television programming at VOA in 2003, and has since presented nearly 800 editions of the flagship weekly show, “Exploring America,” which covers American foreign policy for some 40 million Uzbek speakers worldwide, focusing on US relations with Central Asia and life and politics in the United States. She has co-hosted VOA special broadcasts for a global audience. Navbahor has received multiple awards for excellence in broadcasting, including the VOA Gold Medal in 2010.

Navbahor Imamova is the first and only US journalist accredited in UzbekistanAs a multimedia journalist, with millions of viewers, listeners, followers, and fans, Navbahor speaks frequently on Uzbek politics and culture, as well as regional issues in Central Asia, for policy, academic, and popular audiences, including the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University.

Navbahor began her career in 1996 at the Uzbek state broadcaster as a reporter and producer. She taught journalism at the Uzbek State University of World Languages in Tashkent, after studying in India on a scholarship, earning a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from Maharaja’s College at the University of Mysore. A recipient of the Edmund Muskie Fellowship, she earned her MA in journalism from Ball State University. In 2009, Ball State’s journalism department named her an Outstanding Young Alumna.

Navbahor Imamova holds interviews with members of the Congress, the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon, and other senior government officials. She is familiar with the activities of research and development centers in Washington and other places.