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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Mexico's oldest living ex-president turned 100, but it wasn't widely celebrated

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President Biden promised to reform immigration policy. How has that been going?

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Costa Rica jumps into the global competition for remote workers

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Haitian migrants boarding buses in Tapachula. Their encampment has been plagued with a lack of water, food and sanitation. Richard Tsong-Taatarii for NPR hide caption

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On Mexico's southern border, the latest migration surge is Haitian

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Haitian migrants say Mexican authorities are keeping them from traveling to the U.S.

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The legacy of Vicente Fernandez, king of ranchera music, who died on Sunday

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Truck crash kills more than 50 migrants in southern Mexico

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Hondurans are hopeful and skeptical as votes for president are counted

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Hondurans appear to have elected the country's first female president

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A sticker on a wall in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, invites people to vote in the presidential elections on Sunday. Hondurans will elect a successor to President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was first elected in 2013. SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett hide caption

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Honduras holds presidential elections after difficult year for the country

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Tensions have been high as the presidential election in Honduras nears

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Haiti gang has released 2 of the 17 foreign Christian missionaries they kidnapped

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Leaders of Canada And Mexico Visit Washington To Talk COVID, Trade, And Migration

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