Jackie Northam Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, politics, and life across the globe.
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Jackie Northam

International Affairs Correspondent

Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, politics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.

Northam spent more than a dozen years as an international correspondent living in London, Budapest, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and Nairobi. She charted the collapse of communism, covered the first Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, counter-terrorism efforts in Pakistan, and reported from Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Her work has taken her to conflict zones around the world. Northam covered the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, arriving in the country just four days after Hutu extremists began slaughtering ethnic Tutsis. In Afghanistan, she accompanied Green Berets on a precarious mission to take a Taliban base. In Cambodia, she reported from Khmer Rouge strongholds.

Throughout her career, Northam has put a human face on her reporting, whether it be the courage of villagers walking miles to cast their vote in an Afghan election despite death threats from militants, or the face of a rescue worker as he desperately listens for any sound of life beneath the rubble of a collapsed elementary school in Haiti.

Northam joined NPR in 2000 as National Security Correspondent, covering US defense and intelligence policies. She led the network's coverage of the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal and the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her present beat focuses on the complex relationship between international business and geopolitics, including how the lifting of nuclear sanctions has opened Iran for business, the impact of China's efforts to buy up businesses and real estate around the world, and whether President Trump's overseas business interests are affecting US policy.

Northam has received multiple journalism awards during her career, including Associated Press awards and regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and was part of an NPR team of journalists who won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for "The DNA Files," a series about the science of genetics.

A native of Canada, Northam spends her time off crewing in the summer, on the ski hills in the winter, and on long walks year-round with her beloved beagle, Tara.

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Saudi Arabia Is Lifting Its Longtime Ban On Movie Theaters

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Jean Paul Gaultier was one of the big designers to participate in Saudi Arabia's first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh. Kristy Sparow/Arab Fashion Council hide caption

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Saudi Arabia's First Arab Fashion Week Kicks Off, Beyond Fashionably Late

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Saudi Arabia Holds First Official Fashion Show With Some Runway Restrictions

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Saudi Arabia To Start Offering Tourist Visas, Opening Up Traditionally Restrictive Country

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Are Tariffs The Best Way To Force China To Change Its Ways?

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Saudi Prince May Have Trouble Finding U.S. Investors After Anti-Corruption Campaign

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TPP Goes Forward Without The U.S.

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U.S. Allies Could Be Affected By Trump Administration's Proposed Tariffs

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Anti-Corruption Campaign In Saudi Arabia Raises Questions On Economic Health Of Country

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New Phase Begins In Saudi Arabia's Anti-Corruption Crackdown

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In the Philippines, an advertisement for Manila's Trump Tower, featuring Ivanka Trump. Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After A Year In Office, Questions About Trump's Foreign Deals Go On. And On

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Protests In Iran Continue With Reports Of 20 Killed And Hundreds Arrested

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