The first television reporter to wear a hijab on-air will be the featured speaker at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno’s semi-annual Fundraising Dinner on Saturday.

Tahera Rahman, who recently joined the news staff at KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, previously worked for television stations in the Quad Cities area on the Iowa-Illinois border, starting as a producer. In 2018 she made her on-air debut as a reporter at WHBF-TV.

Rahman graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism and international studies. She was the first Muslim editor-in-chief of The Loyola Phoenix, the university’s weekly newspaper

She started her career as a producer of Radio Islam, the nation’s first daily, live talk show produced by Muslims for the mainstream market, and has also worked with Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar, and the CBS Evening News Chicago bureau.

The fundraiser will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the door or at Eventbrite. The silent auction viewing will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. To donate auction items, call (559) 297-9535 or email

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