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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With Troops Out Of Afghanistan, Biden Can Focus On Other Foreign Policies

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Biden Administration Confirms Plans To Hit Russia With Sanctions

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A worker walks past the ONE Apus container ship and its dislodged containers at the Kobe Port in Japan in December. The vessel suffered a massive stack collapse and lost 1,816 containers at sea during severe weather on Nov. 30. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Cargo Overboard, Intense Rolling: The Risks Of Fully Loaded Mega-Container Ships

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Mega Ships, Brimming With Containers, Challenge Narrow Waterways

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Biden Administration Considers Whether To Continue Trump's Hard Line Against Huawei

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Salvage Teams Race To Reopen Blocked Suez Canal

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Traffic Halted: Massive Container Ship Runs Aground In Suez Canal

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An Enormous Cargo Ship Is Stuck Blocking One Of The World's Key Shipping Routes

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2 Canadians To Face Trial For Espionage In China

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A man reads the news about the U.S. elections on Nov. 9 in Tehran. Many Iranians are hopeful that President Biden will lifts sanctions imposed on Iran by his predecessor. Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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What It Would Take For Biden To Revive The Iran Deal

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Biden Has Options To Leverage Trump's Sanctions On Iran

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White House May Release Reports That Would Test U.S. Alliance With Saudi Arabia

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Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia's then-oil minister on Dec. 1, 1973, in London during talks on the oil crisis. Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Key To Making Saudi Arabia A World Oil Power, Dies At 90

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