Ammad Omar oversees coverage of the western United States for NPR and serves as the editorial lead at NPR West in Culver City, California.
He also leads coverage of the immigration beat and the reproductive rights debate in the U.S. Previously, he was the lead editor of the housing beat.
The National desk covers a wide range of issues – including criminal justice, the climate, state government and sports, among many others.
Omar has also been editor for NPR's Morning Edition and Tell Me More, and served as an acting supervising editor for NPR's All Things Considered on the weekends.
Prior to joining NPR in 2011, Omar worked at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio for more than six years. His last role there was as the News Desk Editor, managing a team of reporters, producers and interns who covered breaking news. He also spent time as a host, and a news producer.
Omar got his start in journalism in 2002 when he anchored the news for a satellite television station, Indus Vision, in Pakistan, which was broadcast to more than sixty countries worldwide.
He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.