Carrie Kahn Carrie Kahn is NPR's International Correspondent based in Mexico City, Mexico.
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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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Drug Charges Dropped For Former Mexican Defense Secretary

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Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, and former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda at the Pentagon in 2017. A U.S. district judge dropped drug charges against Cienfuegos Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, pictured in a court sketch, had been accused of helping the H-2 Cartel, an extremely violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, traffic thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S. Bill Robles/AP hide caption

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As Mexico Surpasses 1 Million Coronavirus Cases, Government Tries To Secure Vaccine

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Much recent international media attention has been focused on the U.S. presidential elections, like this live news report showing on an outdoor screen in Hong Kong. Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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All Eyes On US

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, here last week in Mexico City, joins a small group of foreign leaders who have remained silent after Joe Biden's election win. Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Joe Biden Has Plans To Reverse Many Of Trump's Immigration Policies

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Honduran migrants walking in a group stop before Guatemalan police in January near Agua Caliente, Guatemala. The Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says U.S. immigration agents in Guatemala helped officials deport Hondurans traveling in a migrant caravan earlier this year. Santiago Billy/AP hide caption

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Mexicans Wonder What A Biden Victory Would Mean For U.S.-Mexico Relations

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Former Mexican Defense Secretary Arrested In The U.S. On Drug-Trafficking Charges

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Then-Mexican Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos (right) with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in 2017. Cienfuegos was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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U.S. Arrests Mexico's Ex-Defense Chief, Accused Of Helping Drug Cartel

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How A COVID-19 Diagnosis Has Affected Other World Leaders

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Mexico Records The Highest Number Of Health Care Worker Deaths From COVID-19

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Mauricio Claver-Carone, nominated to head the Inter-American Development Bank, speaks with Ricardo Ospina of Caracol TV at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images for Concordia Summit hide caption

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