Najwa Shihab anchors Metro TV’s primetime evening news program “Metro Hari Ini”. The daily one-hour live broadcast focuses on Indonesia’s top news stories and people. She also hosts the network’s primetime talk show “Today’s Dialogue”, the weekly interactive program “Padamu Negeri” and “Save Our Nation,” a weekly newsmakers forum.
During the 2004 presidential election, Shihab co-anchored “Pentas Kandidat”, which was named “Best Television Election Talk Show” by Indonesia’s Media Coalition for Clean Election. She also hosted a live special focusing on high-profile court cases including the Bali bombing trial, Akbar Tanjung proceedings, and the Tommy Soeharto’s trial.
In 2005, Shihab was named “Best TV Anchor/Reporter” by an Indonesia journalists association for her work in the 2004 tsunami that hit Aceh and Nias.
Shihab began her career as a reporter with RCTI in Jakarta. She joined Metro TV in August 2000. During the past six years, Shihab has covered the country’s major stories, including the first interview with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after taking office, and an exclusive conversation with Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim shortly after his release from prison.