Jackie Northam Veteran journalist Jackie Northam reports and produces long-form news and in-depth feature reports on for NPR News. Her pieces can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition, as well as NPR newscasts.
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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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What's At Stake For Boeing In The Iran Deal

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's Speech At Trump's D.C. Hotel Draws Criticism

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An exterior view of the entrance to the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Criticized For Speech At Trump's D.C. Hotel

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Saudi Arabia Announces It Will Lift Ban And Allow Women To Drive

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China Cuts Off Bank Business With North Korea As Trump Announces New Sanctions

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President Trump's Decision On Iran Nuclear Deal Could Affect Boeing Sales

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Chinese Construction Company Inks Deal To Build Trump Golf Course In Dubai

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, infuriated with the sanctions of the Magnitsky Act, retaliated by imposing a ban on Russian adoptions. Sergei Bobylev/TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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Behind Support For 'Adoption,' A Web Of Clandestine Russian Advocates

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New Details Emerge About Russians Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.

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Analysts: U.S. Unlikely To End Trade With China Over North Korea

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Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is raising questions about the ownership of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., located blocks from the White House. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Hotel Lease Under New Review As Lawmakers Keep Up Criticism

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Questions Linger About President Trump's Washington, D.C., Hotel

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Ten Chinese and Russian companies as well as six individuals are targeted by a new round of U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang's weapons program. This follows a round of U.N. sanctions. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Unveils Sanctions To Curb North Korea's Weapons Program

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Qatar And Saudi Arabia Take Their Feud To The Airwaves, Internet

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