Mahnoz Jonmahmadova born in capital city Dushanbe, Tajiistan. Her mother is Persian and Azeri, and her father is Tajik. She is an accomplished journalist who holds two masters degrees in Journalism and International Law. She is fluent in Speaking, comprehension, reading and writing of 6 Languages: English, Russian, Tajik, Farsi, Turkish and Uzbek. In 2001, for her excellence in academic achievements Mahnoz was awarded a three-month fellowship at the Newspapers and Magazines Nationals Publishing Trust. She was also awarded a recognition certificate from the Human Rights Bureau Eurasia Fund of Central Asia for the report on Human Rights violations in Tajikistan in 2004.
As a journalist, Mahnoz has a broad range of experience beginning in her native country where in 2009 she authored and co-authored articles now included in the officially published text-book for journalism students in Tajikistan.
In 2010 Mahnoz interviewed the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon on National TV and was awarded appreciation certificate from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for contribution to the seminar on Human Rights and Freedom of Religion. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mahnoz Jonmahmadova was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the United States for organizing and official reporting of the Naw-Ruz Celebration of the Tajik Community in the US. As a member of the National Collegiate of the Attorneys of Tajikistan, Mahnoz also practiced law in her country. From 2011 to 2012 Mahnoz was a producer and editor at the Bahá’í International Radio Service – “Payame Doost”, “Noveen TV” and “Aeene Bahai” in Washington, DC area. From 2015 she established a new medical show, and now working as an exucutive producer of "Virginia Medical Updates" show, which broadcast in Northern Virginia area.
Her dream of becoming a journalist dates back to childhood. Even as a free-spirited youngster, she was curious about the world around her. Mahnoz was attracted to the career of a journalist because it enables one to talk to people in all stations of life and be exposed to many ideas. She was further attracted to this field as she realized that journalists might be the people closest to the truth and reality. They play a vital role in education of society.
Growing up in a Bahá’í Family Mahnoz learned that the youth faced the pressing obligation of completing their education so as to acquire a profession or trade while at the same time observing other spiritual obligations and duties of being a Bahá’í.
Coming out of a country with very limited freedoms, Mahnoz is passionate about advancing such values as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and many other democratic principles.