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 May Rethink IPO For State-Owned Oil Company After Attacks

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Drone Strikes Impact Saudi Oil Facilities

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The newly appointed Saudi energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman (left), meets with his father King Salman, in a handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency on Monday. Saudi Press Agency via AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What Saudi Arabia's Energy Shake-Up Says About Its Oil Plans

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Chairman Of Oil Giant Saudi Aramco Replaced By An Ally Of The Crown Prince

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Dairy Farmers Hurt By Trade War

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Government Deadline Approaches To Ban Chinese-Made Surveillance Cameras

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United Arab Emirates Withdraws From Conflict In Yemen

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Huawei Reports Its Revenue Is Soaring Despite Roadblocks From The U.S.

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Huawei Chairman Liang Hua (second from left) appears at a news conference to announce earnings results Tuesday in Shenzhen, China. Lian Limin/Huanqiu.com/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Meets With Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

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U.S. and U.K. At Odds Over How To Deal With Rising Tensions With Iran

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U.S. Shoots Down Iranian Drone After Iran Says It Seized Small Tanker In Persian Gulf

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News Brief: Fourth Of July Recap, Sudan, Canada-Saudi Arms Deal

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To Evade U.S. Sanctions, Iranian Tankers 'Go Dark'

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U.S. And Iran Disagree Over Whether Drone Was Shot Down Over Iranian Territory

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