International Coverage With 17 foreign bureaus stationed across the globe, NPR provides contextualized coverage of the world's most important events, wherever they occur.
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International Coverage

With 17 foreign bureaus and journalists stationed across the globe, NPR is committed to providing contextualized coverage of important events, wherever they occur. Through ambitious reporting projects and expanded coverage in Asia, last year NPR's international journalism kept audiences more connected than ever to a number of crucial global stories.

Connecting The World Through China's Growing Influence

In October, NPR published the series "China Unbound," which helped audiences understand the ways China is extending its political and economic reach beyond its own borders, particularly over the past year. NPR's international correspondents explored the experiences of people on six continents, linked together by the common thread of China's growing influence in their regions.

Together, their reporting produced the largest coordinated series in the International Desk's history, with correspondents filing stories from our bureaus in Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Islamabad, Mexico City and beyond.

Expanding Our Reach: Manila And Mumbai

In March, the NPR International Desk announced it would expand coverage in Asia by establishing a new bureau in Manila, Philippines and re-locating NPR's India bureau to Mumbai. Our correspondents Julie McCarthy and Lauren Frayer, respectively, took up their new posts in the early summer, while our Manila bureau officially opened in January 2019.

At a time when southeast Asia's socio-political influence seems to play a larger and larger role on the international stage—from unrest in Myanmar to India's rising global prowess—it's essential that NPR positions reporters close to the action to bring our audiences clear and timely coverage from wherever news happens. Manila represents NPR's first outpost in southeast Asia, adding to our network of international bureaus across the globe.

Hosts On The Scene: A Snapshot Of International Coverage From Our Newsmagazines

When historic news unfolds outside our borders, NPR will often deploy the hosts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered to bring stories home to our listeners. As daily companions for millions of Americans, our hosts act as familiar and trusted guides, helping our audience navigate complex issues and events shaping our world.

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Ari Shapiro interviewed residents of Zimbabwe after longtime authoritarian president Robert Mugabe resigned (June 2018)

All Things Considered was live in Moscow in March to cover the presidential election (March 2018)

Steve Inskeep reported from behind the front lines of Yemen's civil war (March 2018)

Steve Inskeep traveled to Israel to cover the U.S. Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (May 2018)

Rachel Martin went to Seoul to cover the U.S.-North Korea summit with our bureau correspondents from South Korea and China (June 2018)

Mary Louise Kelly reported from inside North Korea for the country's 70th anniversary celebration, the first time NPR has been on North Korean soil since 2010 (September 2018)