Soraya Nelson
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Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

International Correspondent, Berlin

International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for NPR. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Nelson returns to Egypt on occasion to cover the tumultuous transition to democracy there.

In 2006, Nelson opened the NPR Kabul Bureau. During the following three and a half years, she gave listeners in an in-depth sense of life inside Afghanistan, from the increase in suicide among women in a country that treats them as second class citizens to the growing interference of Iran and Pakistan in Afghan affairs. For her coverage of Afghanistan, she won a Peabody Award, Overseas Press Club Award and the Gracie in 2010. She received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College in 2011 for her coverage in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Nelson spent 20 years as newspaper reporter, including as Knight Ridder's Middle East Bureau Chief. While at the Los Angeles Times, she was sent on extended assignment to Iran and Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She spent three years an editor and reporter for Newsday and was part of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nelson speaks Farsi, Dari and German.

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Many In Eastern Ukraine Want To Join Russia

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Concentrated In Certain Areas, Ukraine Fighting Goes On

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German forces Bundeswehr officers enter the German Defense Ministry prior to a meeting between Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and about 100 top officers in Berlin last month. The meeting was about the arrest of an army officer on suspicion that he was part of a small group planning a far-right attack. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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After Arrests, Germany Confronts Issue Of Far-Right Extremism In Its Military

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Hungarian Prime Minister Works To Turn Public Opinion Against NGOs

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Manchester Holds Memorial For Victims Of Concert Suicide Bombing

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British Authorities Continue Investigation Into Manchester Arena Bombing

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People In Manchester Remember The Victims Of Deadly Suicide Bombing

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Many Children Are Among The Dead In Manchester Arena Suicide Attack

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Germany Tries To Root Out Neo-Nazis Inside The Ranks Of Its Military

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Hungarian Law Could Close Central European University Founded By George Soros

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Morning News Brief: Democrats Respond To Health Care Vote, Obama Endorses Macron

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Planned Attack Raises Concerns About Far-Right Extremists In The German Military

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German Defense Minister Launches Probe Into Far-Right Extremism In The Military

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Amid Daily Shelling, Ukraine Residents Forced To Live Underground

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German Interior Minister Calls For Laws To Protect Country's Culture

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