Muatasim Qazi is a Pakistani journalist from Balochistan province, now based in Seattle. He is the assistant editor of The Baloch Hal, Balochistan’s first online English newspaper.
Prior to this position, Muatasim served as a reporter / copy editor for the Hal for more than one year.
Born on April 3, 1988 in Panjgur, Balochistan’s southwestern district close to the Iranian border, Muatasim has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Balochistan, Quetta. In 2009, he enrolled for a two-year masters program at the university’s Media and Journalism department and secured the top position in the previous year examination.
Muatasim is a recipient of Community College Initiative Program award, an international education exchange program in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Community Colleges for International Development. As part of the year-long program, Muatasim attended Everett Community College in Washington state and earned the college’s Journalism Endorsement in June 2011.
Muatasim completed an unpaid internship with Daily Herald, a local newspaper in Everett, Wash. As a reporter intern, Muatasim worked closely with staff reporters and editors in researching, reporting, writing and editing stories for publication.
During college, Muatasim remained a part of The Clipper, Everett Community College’s biweekly campus newspaper, for the spring quarter 2011. As a staff writer, he covered several on-campus events and wrote stories related to different activities and people on campus.
In Pakistan, Muatasim worked in a Quetta-based English newspaper, Daily Balochistan Express, for almost two years as a sub-editor (copy editor). He still contributes to major publications of Balochistan.
Muatasim is a native speaker of Balochi and is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi. He can be reached at muatasimqazi @ gmail.com (Without spaces).