August 22, 2012
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NPR INTERNATIONAL DESK NAMES
MEXICO CITY AND KABUL CORRESPONDENTS

NPR'S CARRIE KAHN TO MEXICO CITY;
SEAN CARBERRY REPORTING FROM KABUL

NPR News announced that two staff members will take on new roles as correspondents on the International Desk. Carrie Kahn will become NPR's Mexico City correspondent, and Sean Carberry has been named Kabul correspondent. Both positions begin in October.

The moves deepen NPR's robust international news reporting, under the leadership of Senior International Editor Edith Chapin and with correspondents based in 17 bureaus around the world, and a team of editors and reporters in Washington.

Carrie Kahn will move from NPR West, where she has been based since 2004, to Mexico City, as NPR's correspondent covering Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. During her career Kahn has often reported on and from Mexico, most recently covering the country's presidential election earlier this summer. She was the first NPR reporter into Haiti after the devastating earthquake in early 2010, and has returned to the country six times in the two years since to detail recovery and relief efforts, and the political climate.

Sean Carberry, who has produced and reported out of NPR's Kabul bureau, will become its permanent correspondent in Afghanistan. Carberry has most recently been a producer on the International Desk. He previously worked as senior correspondent for America Abroad Media as well as a producer at WBUR in Boston.

Earlier this summer, NPR filled out its international team with several hires and appointments. Leila Fadel joined NPR as Cairo correspondent in July; Corey Flintoff is now covering Moscow; and this fall, Gregory Warner will begin reporting on East Africa from a base in Nairobi.

NPR has long been dedicated to international 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 international 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.