NPR's Mideast Coverage

Assessments of NPR's Israeli-Palestinian Coverage

In order to ensure that the public can thoroughly review NPR's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, NPR has made several long-term commitments, including these:

-- Every three months, NPR's coverage is thoroughly analyzed and that analysis is posted on NPR's public website. NPR has been doing this consistently for the last nine years; reports for the past two years are available at the bottom of this page.

-- The criteria for inclusion in these reviews are that the piece be principally about or related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the parties to that conflict. The exceptions would be a discussion, like Weekend Edition Saturday's 'Week in Review,' where the conflict may have been a smaller section of the whole, but still was substantive (i.e., more than a passing reference) or stories like anti-Semitism in Europe, since the Israeli-European tensions are a legitimate part of the story.

-- These reports differ from the Ombudsmanís work because they are done by John Felton, whose evaluations of NPR's coverage are independent of NPR. His reports are submitted to the Ombudsman only for proofreading before posting. Feltonís bio is below.

-- NPR's Ombudsman, who serves as an independent advocate for listeners, also reviews Mideast coverage questions and concerns. The quarterly evaluations on this page do not preclude her own investigations of NPR's Middle East coverage. The Ombudsman section of our website explains how to forward issues and topics to her attention.

-- NPR posts on its website every story related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict aired on NPR news programs or posted on NPR's website. The archive does not include brief items which air on our newscasts (none of which are transcribed, for cost reasons). This page also includes blogs and news items by NPR staffers and reports from NPR's web partners (such as Foreign Policy magazine); however it does not include Associated Press stories that run on To review all stories related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, click here.

For the overall Middle East page, click here.

-- NPR is committed to accurate, fair and balanced coverage of the Middle East. In particular, NPR believes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a subject of global importance and an issue that requires in-depth, ongoing coverage by NPR.

John Felton prepares the quarterly evaluations. He has covered international affairs and U.S. foreign policy for more than 30 years. His most recent book, The Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History, was published by CQ Press in 2007. A former foreign affairs reporter for Congressional Quarterly and foreign editor at NPR, he has been a freelance writer and editor since 1995. NPR pays him to conduct quarterly reviews of NPR's coverage of the Middle East. He submits his reports to the NPR Ombudsman.

2013 Reports
First Quarter - 2013
Second Quarter - 2013
Third Quarter - 2013
Fourth Quarter - 2013

2012 Reports
First Quarter - 2012
Second Quarter - 2012
Third Quarter - 2012
Fourth Quarter - 2012

2011 Reports
First Quarter - 2011
Second Quarter - 2011
Third Quarter - 2011
Fourth Quarter - 2011

2010 Reports
First Quarter - 2010
Second Quarter - 2010
Third Quarter - 2010
Fourth Quarter - 2010

2009 Reports
First Quarter - 2009
Second Quarter - 2009
Third Quarter - 2009
Fourth Quarter - 2009

2008 Reports
First Quarter - 2008
Second Quarter - 2008
Third Quarter - 2008
Fourth Quarter - 2008

NPR's Mideast coverage is aggregated and archived on under "News," then "World," then "Mideast." Click here to go directly to that section.