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Ash-har Quraishi Producer

Ash-har Quraishi is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, writer, photographer and filmmaker with more than a decade of international, investigative, long-form reporting and production experience. He is currently a Correspondent for WTTW (PBS Chicago) where he reports for their flagship nightly news magazine show Chicago Tonight. His reporting and photography has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, The PBS NewsHour, A&E and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In early 2010 he co-founded Quraishi Productions, LLC with his partner/producer and wife Basma Babar-Quraishi. Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, co-produced with North Shore Films, is Quraishi Productions' maiden venture into feature-length documentary filmmaking. Quraishi served as a producer on the film and also wrote and photographed portions of the documentary.

Prior to his posting in Chicago, Quraishi spent four years working as the Chief Investigative Reporter for KCTV, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City, and more than six years working at CNN. He served as CNN's Islamabad bureau chief/correspondent, responsible for the network's coverage of Pakistan beginning immediately after the 9/11 attacks. Quraishi reported extensively on major events in Pakistan and the region, including the ongoing conflict between nuclear neighbors India and Pakistan and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. He reported live from Karachi on the disappearance of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and was the first television correspondent to report the capture of top Al Qaeda operative and 9/11 architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammad. At CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Quraishi supervised production of the network's premiere long form news magazine program CNN & Time, overseeing all aspects of production.

His work has been honored with numerous awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Press Club of Atlantic City and the South Asian Journalists Association. In 2010, Quraishi was awarded two National Headliner Awards and was an IRE Award finalist. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner and his work has garnered five Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Quraishi currently serves on the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Chicago/Midwest Board of Governors.

Born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, Quraishi attended the Chicago Public Schools and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Basma, and their six-year-old daughter.