Richard Tedesco, a reporter with Long Island weekly newspaper the New Hyde Park Herald Courier, recently spoke with local resident turned Capital New York reporter Johana Bhuiyan. His article delivers fascinating info about her early aspirations to be a journalist, her current rotating shifts for the Web publication and more.
Bhuiyan grew up in Long Island with three older brothers. Her father, Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, is currently president of the Hillside Islamic Center and she told Tedesco that although some people are sometimes a little surprised when they first see her traditional Muslim head scarf, the acceptance otherwise has been stellar:
“I’ve definitely seen my share of first glances, people seeing a girl in a head scarf,” she said. “I haven’t experienced anything negative from wearing a head scarf or being a Muslim. If you’re good at your job all that fades away.”