June 1, 2012
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NPR FOREIGN DESK ADDS CORRESPONDENTS LEILA FADEL TO CAIRO AND GREGORY WARNER TO NAIROBI

NPR'S COREY FLINTOFF TO BECOME MOSCOW CORRESPONDENT

NPR News has announced several new correspondent hires and appointments for its Foreign Desk. The moves deepen NPR's robust international news reporting, under the new leadership of Senior Foreign Editor Edith Chapin and with correspondents based in 17 bureaus around the world, and a team of editors and reporters in Washington.

Leila Fadel, currently the Washington Post bureau chief in Cairo, will join NPR in July. Fadel is a known voice from North Africa, and in the past year, has covered the wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Syria, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. She covered the Iraq War for nearly five years, receiving a George Polk award in 2007 for her reporting from Baghdad. Fadel will begin her career in Cairo, while correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson fills in temporarily in Kabul and then Berlin over the next year.

Joining NPR as its East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi is Gregory Warner. He will begin in Nairobi in December; in the interim, Austin-based correspondent John Burnett will take an extended assignment in Africa. Warner is a senior reporter for Marketplace from American Public Media, where he currently covers the economics and business of health care. He previously reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Congo.

NPR's Corey Flintoff will become the new Moscow correspondent, starting in July. In recent years, Flintoff has covered the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, the war in Afghanistan, and before that, the Iraq War. He’s most recently been a correspondent for Digital News.

NPR has long been dedicated to foreign news coverage that steps outside the U.S. perspective to bring listeners dynamic stories of the world’s people, politics, economy and cultures. In the past decade, NPR bucked trends by dramatically expanding its foreign coverage; this work is consistently recognized for broadcast excellence and has received every major award in journalism. Most recently, its extensive presence in the Middle East and North Africa – with permanent bureaus in Islamabad, Istanbul, Kabul, Beirut, Cairo and Jerusalem – has produced comprehensive coverage of the continued implications of the Arab Spring.