Julie McCarthy
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Julie McCarthy

International Correspondent, New Delhi, India

Julie McCarthy has traveled the world as an international correspondent for NPR, heading NPR's Tokyo bureau, reporting from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and covering the news and issues of South America. McCarthy is currently NPR's correspondent based in New Delhi, India.

In April 2009, McCarthy moved to Islamabad to open NPR's first permanent bureau in Pakistan. Before moving to Islamabad, McCarthy was NPR's South America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. McCarthy covered the Middle East for NPR from 2002 to 2005, when she was dispatched to report on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank.

Previously, McCarthy was the London Bureau Chief for NPR, a position that frequently took her far from her post to cover stories that span the globe. She spent five weeks in Iran during the war in Afghanistan, covered the re-election of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and traveled to the Indian island nation of Madagascar to report on the political and ecological developments there. Following the terror attacks on the United States, McCarthy was the lead reporter assigned to investigate al Qaeda in Europe.

In 1994, McCarthy became the first staff correspondent to head NPR's Tokyo bureau. She covered a range of stories in Japan with distinction, including the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the turmoil over U.S. troops on Okinawa. Her coverage of Japan won the East-West Center's Mary Morgan Hewett Award for the Advancement of Journalism.

McCarthy has also traveled extensively throughout Asia. Her coverage of the Asian economic crisis earned her the 1998 Overseas Press Club of America Award. She arrived in Indonesia weeks before the fall of Asia's longest-running ruler and chronicled a nation in chaos as President Suharto stepped from power.

Prior to her assignment in Asia, McCarthy was the foreign editor for Europe and Africa. She served as the Senior Washington Editor during the Persian Gulf War; NPR was honored with a Silver Baton in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for its coverage of that conflict. McCarthy was awarded a Peabody, two additional Overseas Press Club Awards and the Ohio State Award in her capacity as European and African Editor.

McCarthy was selected to spend the 2002-2003 academic year at Stanford University, winning a place in the Knight Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1994, she was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

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India May Be Overtaking China As Most Polluted Country

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India's Rail Ministry Probes Sunday Train Wreck That Killed Scores

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Crackdown On Black Market Causes Cash Crunch In India

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Indian Currency Ban Sends Country Into Panic

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Isha Devi, 30, became a surrogate to help keep her family afloat. Her husband, a rickshaw driver, couldn't work after an accident with a bus — and medical bills began mounting up. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Why Some Of India's Surrogate Moms Are Full Of Regret

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Kashmir Is Inundated By Violence But This Cycle Is Unique

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Gautam Lewis, now 39, poses with some of the photographs he has taken that trace the life and work of Mother Teresa, who took him in when he was 3. The images are part of an exhibition Lewis has staged in Kolkata as an homage to the woman he calls his "second mother." Rohan Chakravarty for NPR hide caption

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Mother Teresa Made Him Believe He Could Fly — And He Did

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The man with the bandaged heads is one of the four members of the Dalit community who were flogged with iron rods and pipes on July 11 by group of self-styled "cow protectors." Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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The Caste Formerly Known As 'Untouchables' Demands A New Role In India

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India's Lagging Manufacturing Sector Slows Job Creation

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Tea leaf pickers in the Indian tea industry are nearly all women, and in the southern tea-growing state of Kerala, they earn the lowest daily minimum wage of any sector in the state. They work six days a week rain or shine. But J. Rajeshwari (right) helped mobilize the female worforce. "We couldn't feed ourselves or educate our children, so we organized," she says. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

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Jisha's face peers out from posters across the state demanding "Justice for Jisha." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Brutal Murder In India's Kerala State Spotlights Underlying Maladies

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Narendra Modi Comes To Washington

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U.S.-India Relations Centers On Defense, Modi Returns For 4th U.S. Visit

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