Hady Mawajdeh

Hady Mawajdeh is an Arts Reporter and Digital Editor for KERA’s Art & Seek. Hady came to KERA from Austin where worked on “The national daily news show of Texas,” Texas Standard. At the Standard, Hady crafted stories and segments about the topics and headlines that mattered most to Texans.

Prior to his work on the Standard, Hady lived and worked in Durham, North Carolina, where he worked as producer at North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. At WUNC he was able to work on the statewide news program The State of Things. Hady’s journalistic career began during college as an intern and freelance reporter at NPR affiliate KUT 90.5 FM Austin.

Hady was born and raised in Central Texas and attended college at Texas State University. Hady is obsessed with pop culture, music, photography and…ART! If you’d like to connect with Hady or simply see what’s reading about, listening to or covering follow him on Twitter — @hadysauce.

On Aug. 3, 2019, police say 21-year-old Patrick Crusius opened fire on shoppers at a Walmart in El Paso, killing 23 people in what would be the deadliest attack against Latinos in recent American history. 

Traditionally, sanctuary has meant "safety." But decades of mass shootings in places of worship have shaken that faith.

Twenty years ago, it was Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist — seven churchgoers dead. Then came 2015 and Charleston, S.C. — nine dead. Two years ago, Sutherland Springs — 26 dead. Last year, Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh — 11 dead. And just this weekend, in White Settlement outside Fort Worth — two church members dead. All of this has led sanctuaries to harden their defenses in hopes of saving lives.