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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Trump Says He Won't Build A $2 Billion Golf Course In Dubai. He Has 2 Already

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President-Elect Trump Announces Plan To Address Business Conflicts

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The Trump Organization spent $200 million to renovate the historic Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., transforming it into the Trump International Hotel. But several companies say they haven't been fully paid for that work. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

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Trump Names Son-In-Law As A Senior Adviser Raising More Ethics Issues

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Donald Trump appeared with Setya Novanto, then speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia, at Trump Tower in New York in September 2015. Novanto resigned from his political post in December 2015 after corruption accusations. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Trump Business Deals In Southeast Asia Raise Conflict Of Interest Concerns

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Obama Expels 35 Diplomats, Imposes Retaliatory Sanctions Against Russia For Hacking

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John Kerry Defends And Outlines U.S. Approach In Israel

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The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai is part of the president-elect's real estate empire. Trump has said his sons would run his companies while he's president. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Global Investors, 'Uncertainty' Over Business Climate Under Trump

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A Boeing-Iran Deal Could Be On President-Elect Trump's Chopping Block

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Trump's Phone Call To Taiwan's Leader Risks China Tensions

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President-elect Donald Trump, seen here on Nov. 22, spoke with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. Trump showered praise on Sharif despite the tensions between the two countries in recent years. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Gushes About Pakistan In Call With Its Prime Minister

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Trump's Loans From Troubled German Bank Pose Conflict Of Interest

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President-elect Donald Trump, flanked by his wife and grown children, cuts a ribbon during the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, on Oct. 26. Getty Images hide caption

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