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Jason Beaubien

Global Health and Development Correspondent

Jason Beaubien is a Peabody award-winning journalist. He's filed stories from more than 60 countries around the world. His reporting tends to focus on issues in lower-income countries. Often his reports highlight inequities, injustices and abuses of power. He also regularly writes about natural disasters, wars and human conflict. Over the last two decades he's covered hurricanes in the Caribbean, typhoons in the Philippines, multiple earthquakes in Haiti, the Arab Spring, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the drug war in Mexico.

Beaubien served as NPR's bureau chief in Johannesburg and later in Mexico City. In the early days of the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014 he reported from Sierra Leone. As COVID emerged in 2020 he reported on the start of the pandemic from Hong Kong. His reporting on the Taliban's attempts to derail the multi-billion dollar global effort to eradicate polio won an Edward R Murrow award.

He joined NPR in 2002 after volunteering to cover a coup attempt in the Ivory Coast. Previously Beaubien worked at WBUR in Boston and KQED in San Francisco. He lives in Maryland with his family and a rotating cast of goats, chickens, dogs and other animals.

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What's next for the war in Ukraine

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Luda Toryanyk, 58, walks across the railroad tracks in Kozacha Lopan, Ukraine, on Sunday. The village was retaken by Ukrainian troops on Sept. 11 after being occupied by Russian forces for more than six months. Toryanyk carries home bags of food that Ukrainian volunteers were distributing in the center of the village. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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In a retaken border village, Ukrainians point to signs of Russian abuse of civilians

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Some Ukrainian towns are now liberated, but Russian forces left them in shambles

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A recaptured Ukrainian town offers a window into life under Russian occupation

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Ukrainians report evidence of human rights abuses, including mass burial sites

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Large numbers of workers from different sectors protest against inflation and in favor of higher wages in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Aug. 17, where inflation has soared. Pablo Barrera/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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An economic perfect storm is battering emerging markets. Debt crises loom

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Workers at Zaporizhstal iron and steel works on July 22 in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Russia's war in Ukraine pushes Ukrainian steel production to the brink

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Encore: Drones are a powerful weapon in the Russia-Ukraine war

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A member of a Ukrainian military surveillance team gets ready to launch a drone from a wheat field in southern Ukraine. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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In the Russia-Ukraine war, drones are one of the most powerful weapons

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Despite Russian missiles hitting Kharkiv on nearly a daily basis, 5 of the 18 branches of Bricks Coffee and Desserts in the city have reopened. The head of the coffee shop chain says sales are still far below pre-war levels. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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The war in Ukraine has dramatically affected businesses — big and small

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Twenty-one-year-old Anastacia Shapoval says in Kharkiv right now you have to balance the constant shelling by the Russians with the rest of your life. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Kharkiv is finding a new normal as residents return to work — despite missile strikes

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Encore: Garbage collectors in Kharkiv dodge mortars to pick up the trash

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Workers clean up wreckage at the Amstor Mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, after the building was hit by a Russian cruise missile. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Russian missiles are blasting civilians in Ukraine

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