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Didrik Schanche 2010
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Didrik Schanche

Acting Senior Supervising Editor, International Desk

Didi Schanche is the acting Senior Supervising Editor of the NPR News International Desk. Her team of correspondents, based around the world, is on the scene for breaking news and specializes in coverage of issues of international policy and national security. NPR's international coverage is consistently recognized for broadcast excellence and has received every major award in journalism.

Previously, Schanche was Deputy Senior Supervising Editor of the International Desk, and served as NPR's Africa and Latin America Editor.

A journalist since 1981, Schanche landed her first reporting job as freelance correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Cairo, Egypt. She returned to the United States and got a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1982. With the ultimate goal of becoming a foreign correspondent, Schanche spent several months banging on doors and was hired by The Associated Press as a reporter based in Montgomery, Ala. After two years, she was transferred to the foreign desk at AP headquarters in New York. Two years later, she was sent to Nairobi, Kenya, to cover East Africa.

Schanche was East Africa Correspondent for the Associated Press for seven years, producing news stories and features from Sudan and Ethiopia in the north, to Zimbabwe and Zambia in the south. Much of the news in the region then, as now, concerned ethnic conflicts, civil war, drought, hunger, AIDS, and wildlife.

From Africa, Schanche was transferred to AP's Middle Eastern headquarters then based in Nicosia, Cyprus, to edit copy from reporters and stringers throughout the Middle East. In 1995, she and her family returned to the United States. After several years as assistant foreign editor at The Washington Times, Schanche made the jump from print reporting to radio in 2001 and came to NPR.

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