Hijabtrendz is a pioneering lifestyle blog that covers everything from hijab fashion, to beauty, and entertainment.
It is also one of the first websites to produce podcasts and hijab tutorial videos for Muslim women.
Hijabtrendz was launched in 2007 by journalist and performing artist Mariam Sobh.
Mariam Sobh Founder/Editor in Chief
Mariam started as a volunteer for the Illinois Radio Reader where she read books and newspapers on a special radio frequency for the visually impaired.
In college she worked for the local modern rock station then known as WGPU 107.1 “The Planet”. Her roles included reporter, news anchor, DJ and News Director.
Mariam also interned for the news department at the local CBS affiliate station WCIA channel 3 and wrote a weekly column for the University paper “The Daily Illini” several of her columns were picked up nationally.
In graduate school Mariam worked for the college television station UI-7 News as a news anchor and reporter. During and after graduate school Mariam worked at the local public radio station WILL AM 580 where she anchored the news and weather on the weekends and moved into filling in during the week for the news anchor as well as the local host of “All Things Considered”.
After graduate school Mariam moved to Chicago where she worked for Chicago Public Radio as an intern and news reporter. While there Mariam contributed several pieces for National Public Radio in Washington D.C. Within seven months after moving to Chicago Mariam was offered a full time job as a reporter and news anchor for the Illinois Radio Network.
While there Mariam covered state and national stories such as the trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan and helped break the news on then U.S. Senator Barak Obama’s decision to run for President of the United States. She also had the opportunity to cover several press conferences with president George W. Bush and various other high profile politicians.
After 3 years at Illinois Radio Network, Mariam worked as a news anchor and traffic reporter for Navteq on various commercial stations in Chicago including 100.3 FM and WCPT AM and FM.
She then moved on to become a Traffic Editor at Nokia, working to collect and disseminate traffic information for clients across the United States including broadcast stations.
During her job at Nokia she was approached by WBEZ to work with them as their Elections Producer for the 2012 elections. After the elections she was begged to stay on as a News Anchor, Host, Reporter and Producer.
In 2014 Mariam left WBEZ to join the #1 radio station in Chicago WBBM Newsradio as a news anchor and reporter.
Although it may seem she’s had a varied career in the media, Mariam also has a passion for the arts.
Mariam is a graduate of the improv program, conservatory program, and music program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago.
She is also trained in classical voice and in her spare time writes her own songs. She also enjoys acting whenever the opportunity presents itself; whether it’s for television, film, theater or voice overs.