Meet the Team

Ghazala Irshad

News Editor

Ghazala Irshad is a news editor who loves chopping and choosing just the right words to shape strong stories. Before joining Newsy in Chicago, she spent several years abroad reporting on revolutions and refugees in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Her favorite experience was investigating police involvement in the looting of antiquities from the pyramids in Egypt. She hopes to continue unearthing interesting stories and holding those in power accountable, specifically on environmental and public health issues. She holds a master's in journalism from the American University in Cairo and a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Fun fact: Ghazala was a member of the Scripps family long before Newsy — as a National Spelling Bee contestant in 1998.

  Recent Work
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump
Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesU.S.

Ben Crump Is Still Fighting 'Stand Your Ground' 7 Years After Trayvon

Young people collaborating
VIdeo BlocksU.S.

How Can Gen Z's Digital Expertise Change Work-Life Balance?

Headshot of TV producer Dick Wolf
Getty ImagesEntertainment

The Creator Of 'Law & Order' Isn't Leaving Broadcast TV Anytime Soon

"Schitt's Creek" promotional poster
Pop TV / "Schitt's Creek"Entertainment

Which Country Makes The Most Globally In-Demand TV Shows?

Returning Citizen Eric Harris of Iowa City, Iowa
Andrew Shafer / NewsyPolitics

For Former Felons, A State Line Between Voting and Disenfranchisement

Nick Offerman stares at peacock
NBCTech

The Future Of The Streaming Industry? Advertisements.

Ken Jeong and D'Arcy Carden at the Emmys
Getty ImagesEntertainment

Online Platforms Are Big At The Emmys — But That Wasn't Always True

Two college students in a dorm
University of Massachusetts BostonU.S.

Legislation Aims To Increase Abortion Access On College Campuses

Madeline CarlSci/Health

CRISPR Cure For Sickle Cell May Be Slowed By Black Patients' Mistrust

The Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City
Getty Images / David Dee DelgadoU.S.

Epstein Is Just One Of Many Problems Facing The Bureau Of Prisons

Police officers at a graduation ceremony
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

A Growing Number Of Police Departments Are Outsourcing Their Policies

R. Kelly walking into Chicago's Leighton Criminal Court building
Getty Images / Nuccio DiNuzzoU.S.

Jim DeRogatis Says You Can't Separate Art From Artist With R. Kelly

The eight 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee champions on stage
 U.S.

Life After The Bee: Ex-Spellers Turn Their Skills Into A Business

A Scripps Spelling Bee competitor looks up his favorite word in the dictionary
Newsy / Matt AnzurU.S.

What We Look Up In The Dictionary Says A Lot About Us

James Dover on stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Newsy / Matt AnzurU.S.

This Student With Hearing Loss Is Beating The Odds At The Scripps Bee

1985 Spelling Bee champion Balu Natarajan reads the dictionary with his sons
Newsy / Madeline CarlU.S.

Why South Asian Americans Dominate The Scripps National Spelling Bee

Doctor reviews patient options
 Sci/Health

How Doctors' Racial Biases Can Harm Black Patients

'Laundromat Story Time' program in Chicago
Newsy / Jamal AndressU.S.

Wash And Learn: Laundromats And Libraries Are Fighting 'Book Deserts'