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's First 100 Days: Foreign Interests

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Ivanka's Brand Thrives, Raising Conflict Questions, As She Takes On White House Role

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Ivanka Trump sits with her husband, Jared Kushner, at the April 6 dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping at President Trump's estate in Florida. The same day, China granted the president's daughter potentially lucrative trademark rights. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Russia Follows Old Playbook To Gain Global Influence

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Disclosures Detail Trump Staff's Assets

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The General Services Administration says President Trump is legally entitled to hold a lease for a hotel in a federal government-owned building, regardless of what critics say. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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GSA Says Trump D.C. Hotel Lease Is Valid, Despite Ban On Elected Officials

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Ivanka Trump arrives for a joint news conference between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House earlier this month. Ethics experts say that Ivanka Trump's dual role as a business owner and West Wing staffer raises questions about conflicts of interest. Ivanka says she will comply voluntarily with ethics rules. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ethics Experts Raise Alarm Over Ivanka Trump's White House Role

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The annual conference has taken place in recent years at Washington's Ritz-Carlton hotel but is scheduled this May for the Trump International Hotel. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Top House Democrats, including Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. (at the podium), said this week they want an investigation into President Trump's connections with Russia, such as when he learned that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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