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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U.S. Troops Arrive In Poland, But Will Trump Keep Them There?

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U.S. Forces Deploy To Poland In Effort To Counter Russian Aggression

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International Manhunt Underway For Tunisian Suspect In Berlin Market Attack

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Suspects Sought In Berlin Christmas Market Attack

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German Police Launch Manhunt For Berlin Attacker

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Truck Plows Into Berlin Christmas Market; At Least 12 People Killed

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German Police Investigate Truck Attack On Berlin Christmas Market

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German Authorities Enlist Online Hunters To Combat Radicalization Of Muslim Youth

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Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in an upstairs apartment of this house in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, near the border with Germany. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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For Austria, A Tough Choice On What To Do With Hitler's Birthplace

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Too Close To Call, Austrian Presidential Election Could Mean Far-Right Presidency

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Austrians To Vote Again After May's Presidential Runoff Was Disallowed

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A Year Later: Fence Between Serbia And Hungary Slows Migrant Traffic

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Targeted To Teens, A German Play About ISIS Stokes Fear, Teaching Opportunities

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