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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The Granville Street Bridge leads to downtown Vancouver, whose skyline of gleaming apartment towers hugging the waterfront is reminiscent of Hong Kong. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Vancouver Has Been Transformed By Chinese Immigrants

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The U.S. Ratchets Up Sanctions On Iran And North Korea

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Google Restricts Huawei's Access To Android Systems After Trump Ban

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U.S. Targets Huawei Amid Trade Talks With China

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Trump's Efforts To Develop Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Energy Program Has Some Concerned

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Deadline For Iranian Oil Waivers

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People hold candles during a night vigil and prayer to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sunday. Rwandans began 100 days of mourning for more than 800,000 people killed. Yasuyhoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rwandans Remember Hundreds Of Thousands Of Genocide Victims

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Rwandan Man Convicted Of Lying About Role In Genocide

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Kuang Yang burns a Chinese flag to protest human rights abuses, outside British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on March 6, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Canada Gets Squeezed Between China And The U.S.

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Top Executive Of Chinese Tech Giant, Huawei, Appears At Extradition Hearing In Canada

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Extradition Hearing For Huawei CFO Comes During U.S.-China Trade Talks

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Trump Administration Warns Chinese Tech Giant Is A Security Threat

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Friends of Loujain al-Hathloul made a photo to parody a Vogue Arabia cover image showing a Saudi princess in a red convertible. Pictured here (left to right) are Ayendri Ishani Ridell, Urooba Jamal, Narissa Diwan, Atiya Jaffar and Rauza Khan. Hathloul "took a huge risk to advance women's rights in her country," Jamal says, "and now is facing the most heinous injustices." Doaa Jamal hide caption

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Concern Grows For Loujain Al-Hathloul, Jailed Saudi Women's Driving Activist

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