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.
As 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 at the Uzbek state broadcaster as a reporter and producer. She taught journalism at the Uzbek State University of World Languages in Tashkent, her own alma mater, and then studied in India on a fellowship, 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.
Sub-specialties: US-Central Asia; Uzbekistan: security, development, society and media; media freedom and social media in Central Asia, human rights/politics in Central Asia.