Nargis Hakim Rahman is an award-winning Bangladeshi American Muslim journalist and writer. She graduated from Wayne State with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, and a psychology minor. She is passionate about community journalism in the Greater Detroit area. She hopes to give American Muslims and minorities a voice in the press.
Nargis is a reporter and producer for WDET 101.9 FM.
She is a former fellow for:
The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) Archival Creators fellowship. She documented 10 oral histories of Detroit’s Bangladeshi women entrepreneurs.
The Journalists in Aging Fellows Program by the The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Journalists Network on Generations for the 2020-2021 cohort. She reported on Detroit’s Bangladeshi older women and how local leaders combat misinformation in immigrant communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021-2022 as a returning fellow, she wrote about how older people aged during the pandemic.
Food journalism fellow for Feet in 2 Worlds/WDET 101.9 FM, where she wrote about how Bangladeshi immigrants found a way to build community around a restaurant, and how a Bangladeshi American woman found ways to celebrate her intersectional identities through her business.
Her work has appeared in Huffington Post, NPR, YES Magazine!, Haute Hijab, Tostada Magazine, Eater, Model D, Detroiter Magazine, The Muslim Observer, Brown Girl Magazine, Metro Detroit Mommy, and more.
Nargis is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Michigan chapter. She is an alumna of the Wayne State University, Journalism Institute for Media Diversity.
In 2022, she received a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award under the Racial Justice Reporting, third place, for her story “For American Muslims, 9/11 Changed Life in America” about how American Muslims are impacted by 9/11, 20 years later.
In 2020, she was awarded the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors second place for the best feature story, “Mosques go virtual during a COVID-19 Ramadan,” and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Feature/Use of Medium Merit Award for this story, which explored how Muslims worshipped during Ramadan and the pandemic.
In 2020, Nargis won an award with the Society of Professional Journalists along with WDET Education Reporter Sascha Raiyn and Digital and Audience Engagement Editor Shiraz Ahmed for their engagement-driven coverage of the story, “As Census Wraps, These Michigan Women Won’t Let Their Communities Go Uncounted,” a story of how minority women made sure their communities were counted during the 2020 Census.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook: @nargisthewriter