Najwa Shihab manages, produces and anchors her own weekly program, Mata Najwa, an influential talk-show that takes a smart look at politics and current issues of the week with interviews with newsmakers.
She received a number of awards nationally and internationally during the past years for her works as an anchor and reporter. She was named Young Global Leader 2011 by The World Economic Forum. She received National Award for the Journalistic Contribution to Democracy from The Indonesian Association of Journalist (2010) and was a recipient of Australian Alumni Awards for Journalism and Media (2010). She was a Runner Up/Highly commended for The Best Current Affairs Presenter at Asian Television Award (2009 and 2007). She was also nominated as Indonesia’s Most Favorite News Presenter at 14th, 13th, 11th and 10th Panasonic Gobel Awards (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011).
Shihab was the first TV journalist reporting live from the devastated Aceh one-day after the Tsunami hit the area. This report won two awards, including a National Journalism Awards from Indonesian Journalist Association in 2005 as well as an acknowledgment as “one of the contributing factors that help the drive for national and international support for Aceh”.
She began her career as a reporter with RCTI in Jakarta. She joined Metro TV in August 2000. During the past 11 years, Shihab has covered the country’s major stories and interviewed the “Who’s Who” in Indonesian politic. She was granted a series of exclusive interviews with all the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates as well as leading political figures in the country during the 2004 and 2009 election. She also had an exclusive conversation with leading international figures, such as Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President and Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim shortly after his release from prison.
Shihab was born in Makassar, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Indonesia, majoring in litigation and earned her master degree from Melbourne Law School through full scholarship from two prestigious awards from the Australian Government. She speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.