Nazira Karimi Biography

Nazira Karimi is an Afghan journalist who works at the Ariana Television Network and also as BBC Persian correspondent. She has always been a woman with a strong voice and stood strong to stand against the oppression caused by the Taliban.

Early Life

Nazira was born on January 1 in Afghanistan but her year of birth is not exactly known. Since she was a teenager, she wanted to become a journalist. She was a good student and was a lively spirit and a curious mind. She has not shared much about her parents but is known to believe in Islam. Nazira is also known to have 2 siblings, a brother, and a sister but much has not been shared about them.

Her family faced a lot of harassment, torture, and oppression from the Taliban in the 1990s and had to take refuge in the USA where they currently live. Nazira has not shared about her early education but it is believed that has completed her high school graduation from a local school in Kabul. She then went on to pursue a degree in Journalism at the Pohantoon, Kabul University in 1985 and graduated in 1988.

Nazira Karimi Career

Nazira started her career as a journalist in 1990 when she started working at Afghanistan National tv as a reporter. While she was working in Afghanistan, she was threatened by the Taliban as she would openly criticize their organization and their ways and the kind of violence and oppression they were causing. She had to flee to Pakistan to be safe and started working with BBC Persian in 1994.

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Nazira worked as a journalist with BBC Persian in Pakistan in Radio 5 Live for 4 years till 1988. She then became a reporter for BBC news and in 1998 and worked there for only a year until she had to relocate to the USA. In 2005, she joined Ariana Television Network as a reporter and Journalist and has been working there and reporting with them for the past 16 years. She is also working as a freelance writer and reporter.

Social Media

Nazira is highly active on Social media and on her Facebook, she currently has a following of more than 125k followers. She is also active on Twitter since 2013 and currently has 519 followers. She also has an Instagram account where she currently has 2043 followers.

Nazira Karimi Biography

Real Name Nazira Karimi
Birth Date January 1, (1960s)
Age (as of 2021) 60s
Birth Place Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality Afghan
Profession Journalist
Religion Christianity
Sun sign

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in Centimeters – 168 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 62 kg  –  in Pounds –  136 lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Slim




College Kabul University

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Who is her husband? Not Known
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Personal Life

Nazira is currently married but has not shared the name of her husband. She also has two children, a son who is currently working in the finance sector and a daughter who is a nurse. In 1994, she was under the target of the Taliban for being open about her views on television after which she received death threats, harassment calls and ultimately had to flee to Pakistan. In 1996, she was detained for 3 hours after she asked Taliban officials about their views on women working after which she also had to leave Pakistan.

Later she went to appeal at the UNHCR for refuge but received no help. She was then kidnapped and her husband was almost bitten to death after which she received refuge in the USA. However, her family was being harassed back home and her mother was almost raped. Her brother’s feet were mutilated by shooting and her family had to go into hiding. Finally, her whole family received refuge in the USA and is currently settled in Virginia.


Nazira is currently in the news after she broke down in the Pentagon building in the USA after witnessing the situation of Afghanistan. She got emotional about how her family as they were tortured years ago and now citizens in her country were being oppressed again by the Taliban. She was upset about how their flag had been removed and their president Ashraf Ghani fled the country as soon as the USA removed its troops. Nazira has openly criticized the president for running away and not helping the country. She also shared outrage against the ill-treatment of women and children and how no one was doing anything to control the situation.

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Nazira Karimi Net Worth

Nazira has been working as a reporter for large and well-known media houses for decades and has earned a lot of income over the years. Her net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $1million.


  • She almost threatened to burn herself in front of the White House in 1999 to draw attention to the situation in Afghanistan.
  • Nazira is fluent in Farsi, Dari, Pashto, and English Languages.
  • She was named Tahirih Organisation’s 2015 courageous voice Honouree.
  • Her nephew is a state department diplomat and her niece is studying to be a police officer.

1 thought on “Nazira Karimi Biography”

  1. Amazing lady..she has a powerful charismatic presence, very few if any who meet her will ever forget her. I wish her every success


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