ABC13 and Voice of Asia putting spotlight on diverse communities of Houston

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Saturday, August 17, 2019
ABC13 and Voice of Asia spotlighting South Asian community
ABC13 and Voice of Asia are partnering to put a spotlight on great stories from Houston's diverse American and South Asian communities.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As Houston's News Leader, ABC13 has a strong commitment to cover our city's diverse communities.

Friday, our colleagues visited the offices of our news partners, Voice of Asia. It's the largest Asian American newspaper in Texas.

Together, Voice of Asia and ABC13 are focused on bringing you great stories, places and events from within Houston's diverse American and South Asian communities.

Publisher Koshy Thomas said the partnership could not have come at a better time, as Houston is facing a surge in its South Asian population.

First established in the '60s and '70s, Thomas said the South Asian community has a thirst for news, with many still turning to the newspaper even in the digital age.

"It's a great opportunity," Thomas said. "(The community) is so large, and it is so new. It is a rich community, an educated community."

Voice of Asia's editor Shobana Muratee echoed Thomas' enthusiasm, saying the partnership with ABC13 creates a space for great storytelling.

"So excited to provide real great stories that haven't been reaching the people in the mainstream," Muratee said.

ABC13 assistant news director Rehan Aslam said the partnership allows us to "make sure those voices are heard on both sides, on the publication side and on broadcast and digital."

Voice of Asia has been based in Houston for more than 30 years.