Tim speaks with Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam, the first Muslim woman to be elected to office in North Carolina.

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Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam made state history when she was elected to office, becoming the first Muslim woman to win a seat in North Carolina. As she was sworn-in, however, the excitement was subdued by 15 hateful voicemails she received that morning.  

But that's just the beginning of the story. 

On this episode of “Tying It Together With Tim Boyum,” Tim talks with Allam, whose tale is, in a way, about achieving the American dream. Her path to elected office, however, was anything but easy.  

The story includes racism and even a homicide. Despite that, she's paving a path for other young Muslim women to follow in her footsteps.


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With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just sound bites. North Carolina veteran reporter and anchor Tim Boyum is loosening his signature bow tie for candid conversations with power players across the state. In "Tying It Together," Tim uncovers what makes these newsmakers tick, explores fascinating life stories and helps all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our community.