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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This 2009 photo released by a friend of Xiyue Wang shows Wang at his apartment in Hong Kong. Princeton University professor Stephen Kotkin, who advised Wang, defended his former student as innocent of all charges against him. Friend of Xiyue Wang/AP hide caption

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Academic Adviser Of U.S. Student Jailed In Iran: 'Everything He Did Was Normal'

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Qatar Faces Saudi Sanctions Deadline

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Attorneys General In D.C., Maryland Sue Trump For Violating Emoluments Clause

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Ethics Waivers Cover More Former Lobbyists

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President Trump pledged that the Trump Organization would donate profits from foreign governments, but the top Democrat in the House Oversight Committee says the organization does not appear to be following through. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkish Businessman With Ties To Michael Flynn Hosts Conference At Trump Hotel

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U.S., China Strike Trade Deal On Beef, Poultry And Natural Gas

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President Trump's property Le Chateau des Palmiers is on the market. It comes complete with a potential conflict of interest. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Sale Of Trump Property Raises Ethical Questions About Potential Buyer's Motives

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Ethics Questions Raised Over Sale Of Trump Caribbean Resort

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Nicole Kushner Meyer (third from left), the sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, poses at a promotional event in Shanghai on Sunday. Albee Zhang/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kushner Family Business Pitch In China Prompts Questions About Investor Visas

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A tweet by Ivanka Trump about her new book was retweeted by a State Department agency. The Office of Global Women's Issues has since deleted the retweet amid ethics concerns. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Jared Kushner And The Murky World Of Real Estate

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Then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (center) and his family prepare to cut the ribbon at the new Trump International Hotel on Oct. 26, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Questions Linger About Trump's Foreign Business Ties And The Emoluments Clause

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