About Naazish YarKhan

Writer, editor and college essay coach, Naazish YarKhan has a Master’s degree in Communications from Northwestern University. She currently serves on the Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Bombay University, India. Students working with her on college entrance essays have been accepted to universities such as Duke University, American University, Washington, D.C. Northwestern University, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University,  Smith College, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, University of Wisconsin, Madison, McGill University, Canada, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina, DePaul University, Boston College, Loyola University, Villanova and more.  

Naazish’s essays have found a home on NPR, LeanIn.org, OnBeing.org, and Huffington Post, where she was a contributor. She has also contributed to over 50 international media outlets including Chicago Parent, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago magazine. As a syndicated writer for Common Ground News Service, her writing has been translated into French, Urdu, Arabic, Hebrew, Tagalog, Bahasa and more.  

Naazish has worked on curriculum development for Teacher’s College, Columbia University and served as Managing Editor of Halal Consumer magazine and Chicago Crescent newspaper. 

A public speaker. she frequently speaks on Islam and Muslims in America, and has appeared on PBS’ ‘Chicago Tonight’ as well as events organized by University of Chicago, DePaul University, DuPage United, and Interfaith Youth Core.  

When she’s not teaching, she’s writing ! Read on!

  • STORY CORPS Taskeen & Naazish Yar Khan: Forging Lasting Connections, and Giving Thanks for Family. Nov, 2017 Listen here
  • PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL, THE WORLD How to Talk To Your Kids About Terrorism. May 24, 2017 Click to Read.
  • PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL, THE WORLD Her first days in America were lonely but this immigrant from India built a life here. May 11, 2015 Click to read.
  • ON BEING What Muslim Parents Tell Their Kids. May 15, 2017 Click to read
  • ON BEING Revealing Ramadan. Click and Scroll down to Day 18 to Listen
  • MALA NATIONAL It’s Been a Privilege Dear Daughter: A Thanksgiving Letter. Nov 24, 2017 Click to read
  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE  Lean In Stories: Naazish YarKhan on Taking Risks. September 30th, 2014 Click to read
  • ARAB NEWS Cross-pollination Distinguishes Great Islamic Art June 28, 2012 Click to read
    • ARAMCO WORLD The Synthesist . March 2012 Click to read,
    • JOURNAL OF INTERRELIGIOUS STUDIES Honoring Those Who Search for Common Ground. Nov 21, 2010 Click to read
    • KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE Celebrating Diversity Through Poetry. April 2009 Click to read,