Greg Myre 2016
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Greg Myre 2016
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Greg Myre

International Editor

Greg Myre is the International Editor for, working closely with NPR correspondents around the world and national security reporters in Washington. He heads the Parallels blog and is a frequent contributor to the website on global affairs. Prior to his current position, he was a senior editor at Morning Edition from 2008-2011.

Before joining NPR, Myre was a foreign correspondent for 20 years with The New York Times and The Associated Press.

He was first posted to South Africa in 1987, where he witnessed Nelson Mandela's release from prison and reported on the final years of apartheid. He was assigned to Pakistan in 1993 and often traveled to war-torn Afghanistan. He was one of the first reporters to interview members of an obscure new group calling itself the Taliban.

Myre was also posted to Cyprus and worked throughout the Middle East, including extended trips to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. He went to Moscow from 1996 to 1999, covering the early days of Vladimir Putin.

He was based in Jerusalem from 2000-2007, reporting on the heaviest fighting ever between Israelis and the Palestinians.

In his years abroad, he traveled to more than 50 countries and reported on a dozen wars. He and his journalist wife Jennifer Griffin co-wrote a 2011 book on their time in Jerusalem, entitled, This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Myre is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and has appeared as an analyst on CNN, PBS, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox, Al Jazeera and other networks. He's a graduate of Yale University, where he played football and basketball.

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Shimon Peres, The Last Of Israel's Founding Leaders, Dies At 93

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Colombians in the capital, Bogota, hold up the letters for "peace" in Spanish on Monday. The Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a peace agreement, marking an end to the last war in the Western Hemisphere. Colombia's civil war lasted more than 50 years and Latin America has had civil wars for the past six decades. Jennifer Alarcon/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army soldiers take up a position during a patrol in Baghdad in 2007. The U.S. has been waging war nonstop for 15 years since the Sept. 11 attacks. Despite the protracted conflicts and disappointing results, U.S. involvement in multiple wars appears set to continue for years to come. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. women's basketball team poses Saturday after winning its sixth straight gold medal and its 49th straight game in the Olympics. The team's success reflects the growing dominance of U.S. women in recent Olympiads. The U.S. women have won more medals than the American men in the past two Summer Games. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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American Paul Chelimo (left), a member of the U.S. Army, celebrates his silver medal in the men's 5,000 meters along with the winner, Mo Farah of Britain. Chelimo was disqualified shortly afterward, but his second-place finish was later reinstated. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 4x100-meter relay in Rio on Friday night. Bolt won his third gold in Rio, and his ninth overall, tying the all-time record for track and field athletes. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven, speaking at a news conference in Rio on Friday, said there would be cutbacks to next month's Paralympic Games in Brazil. Up to 10 countries may not be able to participate, he said. Matt Hazlett/Getty Images hide caption

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American Ashton Eaton competes in the decathlon 110-meter hurdles Thursday in Rio. He won the decathlon for the second time, becoming just the third man to successfully defend his title. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Brazil's Neymar soars over Honduras' goalkeeper Luis Lopez as he scores just 15 seconds into their semifinal game on Wednesday in Rio's Maracana Stadium. Brazil won 6-0 to advance to the gold medal game on Saturday against Germany — the team that knocked Brazil out of the 2014 World Cup with a lopsided victory. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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