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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Amid Housing Shortage, Berlin Bans Short-Term Rentals

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Germany Gains New Leverage After U.K. Votes To Leave EU

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A reconfigured, high-tech shipping container houses a Hamburg refugee shelter's primary care clinic. More are planned. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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In Germany, Asylum Seekers' Medical Needs Are Being Contained

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A MiG-21 fighter — a leftover monument from the Soviet era — is the centerpiece of the Aviators Neighborhood in Deveselu, Romania. Now the base has become a U.S. Navy facility that is part of NATO's anti-missile shield for Europe. Gabriel Amza for NPR hide caption

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Loss And Reunion For Family Fleeing Afghanistan

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To Defend NATO, U.S. Sets Up Missile Defense Systems In Eastern Europe

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Romania Hosts First U.S. Bases As Russia Distrust Mounts

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U.S., NATO Reveal Plan To Confront Russian Aggression

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German Authorities Crack Down On Leader Of Anti-Islam Group

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The Belgian flag flies at half-mast at the Koningin Astrid-Reine Astrid military hospital in Brussels on March 24, 2016. Some of the people wounded in the Brussels attacks are being treated there. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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European Ministers Hold Meeting In Brussels After Terror Attacks

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Belgian Authorities Continue Search For Key Suspect In Brussels Attacks

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Investigators Ask Public To Help Identify Possible Suspect In Belgium Attacks

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Tina Buechner da Costa (left) hopes to become Germany's female astronaut. Claudia Kessler (right), CEO of HE Space, is organizing a campaign to send the first German woman into space. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Wanted: Female German Astronauts

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