ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Rock Island TV news reporter Tahera Rahman appeared on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday in a special segment in honor of International Women's Day.
Rahman made history last month when she, while wearing her hijab, reported her first on-air segment with WHBF, or Local 4 News, the Rock Island-based CBS affiliate. She is believed to be the first full-time reporter who is a Muslim woman to wear a hijab on mainstream TV news in the United States.
Rahman joined "Today" host Megyn Kelly for a live interview Wednesday morning at NBC Studios in New York.
The 27-year-old Chicago-area native was featured as part of the show's "She Made It" series, which celebrates "women who have achieved goals, big and small."
In a February interview with the Quad-City Times, Rahman said she was told many times that wearing her hijab would make it harder, if not impossible, to get a job as a TV reporter.
“I’ve done everything I wanted to do in life wearing (my hijab) and I never felt it was a barrier for anything,” Rahman said in the story. “Taking it off might get me this job a lot quicker, but I don’t think I should have to sacrifice who you are to do that. Especially not in America.”
Since Local 4 News aired a segment about the station's new reporter on Feb. 9, Rahman has also been featured in stories by the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Des Moines Register.
To see the full segment, visit www.today.com.