Basma Babar-Quraishi is an award-winning, long-form, documentary, and breaking news producer.
Babar-Quraishi is the co-founder of Quraishi Productions, LLC, a production company she started with her producing partner and husband, Ash-har Quraishi. Together, they co-produced Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football. Along with producing the film, Babar-Quraishi wrote segments of the film and coordinated production.
Immediately following the events of September 11th, Babar-Quraishi became CNN's first Islamabad Bureau Producer, responsible for news coverage of Pakistan across CNN networks. While posted overseas she covered major events in Pakistan and the region, including the militant backlash in Pakistan following the U.S. bombardment of Afghanistan, the ongoing conflict between nuclear neighbors India and Pakistan, the capture of top al Qaeda operative Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Pakistan's nuclear proliferation scandal and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. She produced and shot stories and live shots from Karachi on the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and the bombing of the Protestant International Church in Islamabad. Babar-Quraishi was also part of a team of international producers selected to produce segments for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Additionally, she produced an award-winning series of in-depth reports leading up to the first general elections in Pakistan since a 1999 military coup. She also reported on-air for CNN on the Afghan refugee crisis from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Before taking up her assignment in Pakistan, Babar-Quraishi produced and field produced hour-long documentaries for CNN's highly acclaimed documentary unit, CNN Presents. Her work includes Urban Combat, a look at the challenges facing the US military in urban war theaters abroad, and Scheduled to Die, the case of Napoleon Beazley, a juvenile sentenced to death in Texas - both recipients of the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award.
Before that, she produced long-form stories for CNN's news magazine show CNN & Time, including pieces on the JFK Jr. plane crash and the Elian Gonzalez case.
Prior to working for CNN, Babar-Quraishi was a copy-editor at an advertising agency in Lahore, Pakistan.
She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Journalism from Rutgers University and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and French. Babar-Quraishi lives in Chicago with her husband, Ash-har, and their six year old daughter.