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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Polling Stations Open In Europe For Turkish Referendum

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Trump Backlash In Germany Gives Merkel Challenger Martin Schulz A Boost In Polls

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Nationalist Polish Government Wants Changes To World War II Museum

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Germany Bans 'My Friend Cayla' Doll Over Spying Concerns

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America's European Allies Still Seeing Mixed Messages From Trump Administration

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Pence And Mattis Commit To NATO, But Ask Europe For More Help

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Europeans Look To U.S. Officials For Reassurance At Munich Conference

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Marjan practices at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Rachel Corner/De Beeldunie hide caption

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All-Female Orchestra From Afghanistan Is A Force For Change

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Countries React To President Trump's Immigration Order

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Frauke Petry, leader of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) political party, speaks at a conference of European right-wing parties on January 21 in Koblenz, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption

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Populist Leader Aims 'To Change Political Situation' In Germany — And Europe

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Frauke Petry, co-chair of Germany's Alternative for Germany party, and Marine Le Pen, who heads France's far-right National Front attended a conference of European right-wing parties in Koblenz, Germany. France, the Netherlands and Germany all face national elections this year and in each case right-wing populists are in a strong position. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption

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European Far-Right Politicians Talk Strategy For Upcoming Elections

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American soldiers are pictured during a welcome ceremony at the Polish-German border in Olszyna, Poland on January 12, 2017. U.S. troops are being deployed in Poland under Operation Atlantic Resolve. The troops will be followed by 87 tanks, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles and 2,500 vehicles being transported by land from Germany. Natalia Dobryszycka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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