Interview: Maria Memon

Maria MemonAs you guys already know by now, we are bringing to you a series of ‘celebrity interviews’, a casual chit-chat with socialmedia celebs who are effectively using different social networking channels. Last time we interviewed Solveig, and today we have caught up with the resilient Maria Memon, the pretty and gritty journalist from Lahore, Pakistan. She is, as her Twitter bio says: an old soul with a young spirit with her feet on the ground & head held high.SocialExcerpts: Tell us something about your childhood. What was your dream/ambition as a child?

Maria Memon: My parents always wanted me to either become a doctor or an engineer, since these are the two most respected and profitable careers in Pakistan. Becoming a doctor was what was planted in my head and I also considered it a good choice since it’s a classic career choice for females in our country. Thank God, despite being an A grade student, I never got through the test to medical school, and flunking it landed me into an engineering college. In 2005, I graduated as a Software Engineer and it was during that period, I got inspired from my ‘communication skills professor’, who encouraged me to polish my public speaking skills. After graduation, I worked as an HR consultant and later joined Geo TV, Pakistan’s largest viewed network in 2008. After that, as they say, the rest is history.

SocialExcerpts: When did you realize you wanted to be a journalist?

Maria Memon: I am truly ‘Destiny’s child’. I didn’t choose journalism, in fact, journalism chose me. ‘Software Engineer’ to ‘HR consultant’ and eventually a ‘Journalist’, the transition was gradual but unplanned. Four years ago, I joined Geo TV as a program coordinator, but thankfully, for me, the project I was assigned got shelved. My management shifted me to the news room and thus began my journey as an anchor/reporter. I always knew that I wanted to make a difference, and my employers provided me the perfect platform to reach out to millions of people and raise awareness about the burning issues of our society.

SocialExcerpts: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement till now?

Maria Memon: “Achievement” is a very relevant concept. I thank my lucky stars for the early break in my professional career. However, making the most out of the opportunities coming your way is real hard work. I am not too ambitious; I just set small goals and then put my heart and soul to achieve them. Apart from being a known face on the most watched network in Pakistan, one of the high points of my life was being selected as a CNN Journalism fellow in 2011. I was handpicked by GEO TV to represent them in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. My area of interest included social and human interest issues. I can proudly say that through my stories, funds have been raised for poor unwell kids, schools and for flood relief activities. Call that ‘achievement’ if you want.

SocialExcerpts: Tell us something about your work.

Maria Memon: In four years of my journalistic career I have done hands on field reporting on sports as well as extensive reporting on bomb blasts and humanitarian issues. I haven’t been bound to the largest province of Pakistan i.e. Punjab, but have also covered the Swat operation in 2009 in the Khyber Pakhtun Khwa Province. My trip to KPK took me to the IDP camps in Mardan, whereas in 2010, I covered post flood humanitarian crisis in Swat as well. I have conducted live infield bulletins from Data Darbar and Model Town sites, which were bombed by the terrorist in Lahore in 2010. I had the privilege of covering the blasts in the Prime Time bulletin from the damaged site as an anchor. Apart from that, I used to co-host a two-hour long weekend morning show known as ‘Geo Pakistan’ every Saturday and Sunday. The show not only covered socio-political issues, but went on to successfully complete over 100 episodes. Recently, I have taken up the role of host of the popular ‘Mere Mutabiq’ program which is of half an hour duration and aired twice a week (Every Saturday and Sunday). If you ask me about my short term future goal, it would definitely be to increase my knowledge by studying abroad, possibly getting a degree in International relations.

SocialExcerpts: If you had the power to change something in your country/your job right now, what would you change?

Maria Memon: Lack of education is the root of all problems in my country. If given the power to bring about a change, I would immediately declare an ‘education emergency’. Also I would devise an educational policy that would focus more on the small towns and rural areas, since people don’t have a direction in the rural areas. The prime objective would be to bring the children from the rural areas and small towns at par with the kids in big cities. Also curriculum being taught in Pakistani schools is in dire need of an upgrade, and if I could get a chance to bring a change, I would be honored to do so.

SocialExcerpts: How active are you on social media platforms?

Maria Memon: I would say I am proactive on social media. I spend a considerable time of my day on Facebook and Twitter.

SocialExcerpts: Do you think building a mass-movement or creating awarness about social-work is possible through social channels in the place you live?

Maria Memon: Absolutely. Pakistan is a young country and youth in urban areas is quite active on the social media platforms. Social Media is not just a medium of casual chit chat with friends but serious businesses are being run through FB. Pakistan faced its worst humanitarian crisis last year, and post flood relief activities were organized mainly through the social media. Campaigns like ‘Go Green Pakistan’, ‘Zimmedar Shehri’, laced with the message of social activism were founded on FB. Pakistani women are also reaping the benefits of Social media while young women entrepreneurs are running their businesses through FB.

SocialExcerpts: How do you think something like Twitter/Facebook can help you ahcieve something that you’re already trying to do ?

Maria Memon: My work is all about getting the word out, raising awareness about issues. Twitter and Facebook are like the eyes and ears as well as the mouthpiece for all the journalists nowadays. I have to admit that I am a borderline twitterholic. My day starts with Twitter as it a one-stop shop for all the news and analysis on current affairs.

SocialExcerpts: Any particularly interesting project/research that you’re currently working on?

Maria Memon: Yeah, I am uber excited about a project I am working on nowadays. The project is in the pipeline, currently going through the research phase. Will disclose details once everything is finalized.

SocialExcerpts: What is most common compliment you receive on social platforms (Twitter/Facebook.. etc) ?

Maria Memon: I engage the audience of my show through my twitter and FB accounts. Twitter correspondence serves as an integral part for research of my show. Once a social media trainer cited me as an example, while referring to journalism and use of social media. I’ll take that as a compliment.

SocialExcerpts: Any advice to budding social media enthusiasts looking to have a career in journalism?

Maria Memon: With overflow of information because of the web and social media, at times it is challenging to sift grain from the chaff. Social media plays an instrumental role in information gathering, but the trick is to verify your information from multiple sources before you publish anything.

About Maria Memon

Maria Memon is a Lahore based ‘Software Engineer’ turned journalist, working for GEO TV, Pakistan. She anchors the show @Meray_Mutabiq. She’s involved in a lot of social welfare and remodeling activities, and is particularly keen to work on improving education in Pakistan.
Find her on Twitter:@maria_memon

Next interview in line, is India’s Mr. Popular, the known-to-all talented actor Abhishek Bachchan. He debuted with J.P. Dutta’s “Refugee” (2000) and is now one of the leading actors in Bollywood! Watch this space.

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32 Responses to “Interview: Maria Memon”

  1. Ali Muhammad Ganayi May 1, 2012 5:51 pm #

    Hi – Maria.
    I am a reqgular viewer of your program ‘ Meray Mutabiq’ – but, I have one question to say here: please don’t call bias anchors in your program like H. Nisar. I whenever, listen him to talk, I found him habitual to disgrace the people o fall kind. It is illogical that all people of Pakistian is courage less. There are many orgnization in Pakistan who realy wanted to get this country out from current crises. If I talk about Jamat Islami. What is wrong witht them. Hassan , please speak on this ?
    Why we feel your bent of is nowadys PTI and in past MQM.Waht inspiration is behind your support to PTI – MQM. Why not PMLn and Jamat Islami. Trsut me, I am your well wisher and I support you where you needed my support. But, I am unable to convince myself that why you don’t choose a better party who can serve Pakistan better OR make your own party and we join. Mria thanks. Please pass this message to HN on my behalf. Ali Karachi

  2. ahmad May 16, 2012 7:32 pm #

    maria you are so beutyfull, i love you

  3. hi maria today you was looking so beautifull i like you so mush June 26, 2012 8:47 pm #

    you are best in geo news

  4. shaikismail June 29, 2012 9:23 pm #

    I saw yur programme LEKIN yu host very nicely in absence of sana bucha my request yu to please try for news anchor also
    godbless yu and keep in peace

  5. shaikismail June 29, 2012 9:26 pm #

    But one request while hosting LEKIN programme yu don’t not smile for a moment atleast please smile and don’t close yur mouth every time

  6. m abid aslam July 9, 2012 4:34 pm #

    hello hi maeria memon

  7. Auzer July 14, 2012 10:14 am #

    Hey Maria , after the marriage of Ayesha Bakhsh , you are definitely the new ‘eye-candy’ for Geo News :)

    Keep up the good work! and stay NATIONALISTIC towards this land!!!

    Best of luck girl.

  8. MSKHAN July 16, 2012 3:32 pm #

    Hi Maria
    Young energetic and good looking, soft and smart as far yr job is concerned, just keep it up and people wl like you more the runs you make at course of time-All the best

  9. MOHSIN ALI July 18, 2012 10:54 am #

    HI,
    DEAR SWEAT MARIA I AM YOUR FAN NO. 1 IN THE WORLD I SEE SOMTIMES YOUR PROGRAMES YOU ARE VERY CONFIDENT GIRL ATRACTIVE PLEAS TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF DONT FORGET EATING CZ SAME LIKE OTHER ANCHORS AYESHA , N ETC.FINALLY I LOVE YOU ,WILL YOU MARRY ME

  10. kashif August 4, 2012 9:30 am #

    goood work maria

  11. Ali Awan September 9, 2012 3:56 pm #

    Hi sweet Maria i am your fan in all world.i see your all program’s.
    U r very confident and beautiful girl.
    God bless u Maria……!

  12. umar ch September 15, 2012 10:17 pm #

    hi maria hw r u ? i m ur fan nd i like u so much .

  13. ghulam abbas September 24, 2012 5:14 pm #

    hi maria u r so beautiful & nice i like u very much.plzzzzzz send ur mail or contact no.i will meet u soon inshallah.
    regards
    mahar ghulam abbas advocate high court

  14. Munir Siddiqui September 28, 2012 8:44 am #

    Hi Maria, your unique personality and smile makes me exterely engoyfull while watching your any program on Geo. I realized that you are not appearing on TV any more….. ?
    I don’t care what any one has said about you on this page….
    but from my heart I would say that I love you so much….. I know on media the make ups make every one beautiful and attractive but make ups can’t bring natural smile and natural beauty which is God given to you…..

  15. Nisar Ahmed September 30, 2012 6:23 pm #

    good and informative interview

  16. arslan khan October 24, 2012 12:44 pm #

    hi mariya i like you so much plz reply me

  17. arslan khan October 24, 2012 12:51 pm #

    hi mariya after the marriage aysha bakhsh is fat and you are looking so beautiful hot and sexy piz reply me contact me my cell number is 03334503837

  18. salman vohra November 26, 2012 5:09 pm #

    hi maria i like you so much u r beautiful i will meet u soon inshallah.i am you are fan.plz replay me.

  19. Amjad Mehmood December 26, 2012 1:00 am #

    Hi Maria
    He will be the lucky who will get u as wife. I pray to Allah may he select me with you because joray o aasmanoon pur bantay hain.

  20. Maqsood Ali December 26, 2012 8:55 pm #

    I am your regular viewer, I like You&Respect you a lott.
    Just one thing i want to ask You–Ap Maria Memon kehte huwe Neck
    kyn hilaati hn…Jese “”Aurr mein hoon Maria Memon”"
    Any particular reason???

  21. adnan January 13, 2013 10:40 pm #

    hi maria i like you so much u r beautiful i will meet u soon inshallah.i am you are fan.plz replay me.

  22. ramzan May 4, 2013 10:24 pm #

    ILove you Maris M

  23. ramzan May 4, 2013 10:26 pm #

    I LIKE IT MARIA MEMON

  24. awais May 29, 2013 11:04 am #

    i like a girl who looks like you MARIA,,,,

    So,

    when i miss her, i see geo news…..

  25. Muhammad Rafique Mughal June 11, 2013 11:25 am #

    Date: 11th June 2013.

    AOA, Hello Respected Maria Memon,

    Sweet Maria Memon u r so beautiful & nice. I am your viewer, You are confident and attractive. I read your interview and impressed by your ideas for social welfare workks. I like u very much and want to meet you, so please send me your personal email address and cell number if you do not mind. My email is as under:

    mrmughal786pk@yahoo.com

    God bless you and help u.

    With regards

    Yours fan

    Muhammad Rafique Mughal
    Sialkot (Pakistan)

  26. ajaz ahmad from lahore July 6, 2013 4:49 am #

    god bless you maria and you are so beautiful and hardworker and honest in ur work well don shabash

  27. MUHAMMAD ARIF July 9, 2013 5:43 pm #

    she is my favrate journalist

  28. MUHAMMAD ARIF July 9, 2013 5:46 pm #

    MARIA jab nai hoti ha to GEO TV daikhne ka maza nai ata ha

  29. rayees August 19, 2013 4:38 pm #

    maria memon i love you too ur speach and ur voice u r realy nice anchor u r looking very confident on ur show

  30. Syed Nazir H. Shah Gardezi September 7, 2013 1:42 pm #

    It is a pleasure to know that you get marriage and started a new life. As I am (working) in Saudi Arabia shall always pray for your better life and be happy always. We miss you on GEO TV.

  31. Saad December 5, 2013 8:11 pm #

    Hi whenever i tune into geo tv and when maria is there my dil goes woo ooooo oooo i cant explain my feelings in words when maria osome face appear on tv what a gorgous smile you have each n every look is osome …… 143

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