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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Border At Del Rio To Reopen After Migrant Encampment Cleared

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What The Border At Del Rio, Texas, Is Like Now That The Migrant Camp Is Gone

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Thousands Of Migrants Are Weighing Whether To Crossing Into The U.S.

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Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande on Wednesday to get food and water in Mexico, as seen from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. The U.S. is allowing some migrants to enter the country and sending others back to Haiti. Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Haitian Migrants Are Getting To The U.S., And Where They May Go Next

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Haiti's PM Replaces Prosecutor Who Wants Him Charged In President Moïse's Slaying

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Nicaraguan author Sergio Ramirez in 2017 upon receiving the Cervantes Prize literary award. Prosecutors have ordered Ramirez' arrest along with other opponents of President Daniel Ortega. Alfredo Zuniga/AP hide caption

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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Acapulco, Mexico, on Wednesday. After the quake, Mexicans shared videos of bursts of blue lights streaking across the sky. Raul Aguirre/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands Of Haitian Children Can't Return To School After Last Month's Earthquake

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Rev. Jean Eddy Desravines, 61, of Sainte-Agnes Catholic Church near Les Cayes, Haiti, celebrates Mass on Sunday. The church sanctuary was destroyed in the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck earlier this month. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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Earthquake Deals A Powerful Blow To Haiti's Catholic Churches

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Foreign Aid Has A Spotty Record In Haiti. Many Wonder If This Time Will Be Different

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Helicopters Are Helping To Deliver Earthquake Aid To Haiti's Rural Areas

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Three Mexican farmers, called chinamperos, navigate a trajinera, a small traditional boat of the area, through water canals on Xochimilco Lake, Mexico, in June. Victoria Razo for NPR hide caption

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Taking In Mexico City's History By Canoe And Bike

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