Jackie Northam
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Jackie Northam

Correspondent, Foreign Affairs

Jackie Northam is Foreign Affairs correspondent for NPR news. The veteran journalist has more than two decades of experience covering the world's hot spots and reporting on a broad tapestry of international and foreign policy issues.

Based in Washington, D.C., Northam is assigned to the leading stories of the day, traveling regularly overseas to report the news - from Afghanistan and Pakistan, to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Northam just completed a five year stint as NPR's National Security Correspondent, covering US defense and intelligence policies. She led the network's coverage of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, traveling regularly to the controversial base to report on conditions there, and on US efforts to prosecute detainees.

Northam spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent. She reported from Beirut during the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006, from Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and from Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. She lived in and reported extensively from Southeast Asia, Indochina, and Eastern Europe, where she charted the fall of communism.

While based in Nairobi, Kenya, Northam covered the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She managed to enter the country just days after the slaughter of ethnic Tutsis began by hitching a ride with a French priest who was helping Rwandans escape to neighboring Burundi.

A native of Canada, Northam's first overseas reporting post was London, where she spent seven years covering stories on Margaret Thatcher's Britain and efforts to create the European Union.

Northam has received multiple journalism awards during her career, including Associated Press awards, regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and was part of an NPR team journalists that won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

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Syrian Raed Saleh came to Washington to receive an award for his rescue work in his homeland. However, he was turned back at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. No reason was given. In his honor, those attending the Tuesday evening banquet wore white helmets, a symbol of his group, Syria Civil Defense. Courtesy of Relief International hide caption

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A Syrian Lands In The U.S. For An Award, Only To Be Turned Back
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Boeing Explores Doing Business With Iran's Commercial Airlines
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The U.S. Helps Foreign Banks Navigate Restrictions On Iran
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The prime minister's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa is drafty and leaky, and just about every part of it needs to be repaired. Margaret Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mother, calls it "the crown jewel of the federal penitentiary system." National Capital Commission/Flickr hide caption

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Canada's Official Residence, No Longer Fit For A Prime Minister
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Justin Trudeau won in a landslide as Canada's prime minister in October. But critics say he is more flashy than substantive. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Justin Trudeau, The 'Shiny Pony' Who Became Canada's Prime Minister
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Canada On Track To Resettle 25,000 Syrian Refugees
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An Iran Air Boeing 747 passenger plane on the tarmac of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran in 2013. Iran bought most of its planes from Boeing before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The country now has one of the oldest airline fleets in the world. With sanctions lifted, Boeing can once again sell planes to Iran, but the country recently announced a major deal with Airbus. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Boeing Can Sell Planes To Iran, But Does Iran Want Them?
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With Sanctions Eased, What Kind Of Trade Can Companies Do With Iran?
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Iran's 'Implementation Day' Spells Opportunity For International Businesses
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Human Rights Groups Criticize Use Of Cluster Bombs In Yemen Conflict
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Family members of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted and hanged in Pakistan in August for killing a boy in 2004, waited to receive his body outside the central jail in Karachi. Pakistan executed more than 300 people last year. Fareed Khan/AP hide caption

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Fewer Countries Are Relying On Death Penalty, But They're Executing More
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Private Sponsorship Programs Help Syrian Refugees Settle In Canada
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Syrian refugees arriving from Beirut at the Toronto airport last week. Mark Blinch/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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As Syrian Refugees Reach Canada, Many Are Pitching In
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Canada Welcomes Syrian Refugees With Open Arms
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