Carrie Kahn Carrie Kahn is NPR's International Correspondent based in Mexico City, Mexico.
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Carrie Kahn 2010
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Carrie Kahn

International Correspondent, Mexico City, Mexico

Carrie Kahn is NPR's International Correspondent based in Mexico City, Mexico. She covers Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Kahn's reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning news programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and on NPR.org.

Since arriving in Mexico in the summer of 2012, on the eve of the election of President Enrique Peña Nieto and the PRI party's return to power, Kahn has reported on everything from the rise in violence throughout the country to its powerful drug cartels, and the arrest, escape and re-arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. She has reported on the Trump Administration's immigration policies and their effects on Mexico and Central America, the increasing international migration through the hemisphere, gang violence in Central America and the historic détente between the Obama Administration and Cuba.

Kahn has brought moving, personal stories to the forefront of NPR's coverage of the region. Some of her most notable coverage includes the stories of a Mexican man who was kidnapped and forced to dig a cross-border tunnel from Tijuana into San Diego, a Guatemalan family torn apart by President Trump's family separation policies and a Haitian family's situation immediately following the 2010 earthquake and on the ten-year anniversary of the disaster.

Prior to her post in Mexico, Kahn was a National Correspondent based in Los Angeles. She was the first NPR reporter into Haiti after the devastating earthquake in early 2010, and returned to the country on numerous occasions to continue NPR's coverage of the Caribbean nation. In 2005, Kahn was part of NPR's extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, where she investigated claims of euthanasia in New Orleans hospitals, recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast and resettlement of city residents in Houston, Texas.

She has covered hurricanes, the controversial life and death of pop icon Michael Jackson and firestorms and mudslides in Southern California,. In 2008, as China hosted the world's athletes, Kahn recorded a remembrance of her Jewish grandfather and his decision to compete in Hitler's 1936 Olympics.

Before coming to NPR in 2003, Kahn worked for NPR Member stations KQED and KPBS in California, with reporting focused on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kahn is a recipient of the 2020 Cabot Prize from Columbia Journalism School, which honors distinguished reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2010 she was awarded the Headliner Award for Best in Show and Best Investigative Story for her work covering U.S. informants involved in the Mexican Drug War. Kahn's work has been cited for fairness and balance by the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. She was awarded and completed a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University.

Kahn received a bachelor's degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz. For several years, she was a human genetics researcher in California and in Costa Rica. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, Europe and the Middle East, where she worked on an English/Hebrew/Arabic magazine.

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Raúl Castro, first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party and the country's former president, clasps hands with Cuban President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez during the closing session at the National Assembly of Popular Power in 2019 in Havana. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Cuba's Raul Castro Prepares To Step Down

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Migrants Pass Through Many Unpatrolled Parts Of Mexico-Guatemala Border

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Residents On High Alert After Volcano Eruption On St. Vincent And The Grenadines

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Migrant Arrests At Southwest Border Soar

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Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele speaks in February before the start of vaccinations for health care workers at the Atlacatl Medical Unit of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute in San Salvador, El Salvador. Salvador Melendez/AP hide caption

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In Mexico, The Death Of A Woman At The Hands Of Police Has Caused An Uproar

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Vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego in December. Mexicans have gone to California, Florida and other states seeking vaccines as their country has struggled to roll them out. Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Some Mexicans Travel To U.S. For COVID Vaccines As Their Country's Rollout Stumbles

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Despite Pandemic Concerns, Tourists Travel To Mexico For Spring Break

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Air Travel Is Opening Up Again, But That Doesn't Mean The Pandemic Is Over

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Some Mexicans Find They Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines In The U.S.

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Biden Aims To Tackle Root Cause Of Migrants Massing At U.S. Border

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Activists In Mexico Met With Force While Protesting Violence Against Women

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As U.S. Vaccine Rollout Speeds Up, Inequality Stunts Progress Worldwide

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Illegal Border Crossings Rise As Some People Try Multiple Times

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