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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As U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Experts Assess The Results Of Reconstruction

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Wives Of Opposition Leaders In Nicaragua Seek Help Internationally

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U.S.-German Deal Will Lead To The Completion Of Russian Gas Pipeline

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Photojournalist Killed While Covering Clash Between Afghan Forces And The Taliban

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U.S. Prosecutors Say They've Charged 4 Iranians With Plotting To Kidnap A Journalist

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Investigators From The U.S. Will Help Probe Haiti's Presidential Assassination

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Haiti Requests U.S. Assistance To Restore Order After President Moise's Assassination

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White House Says U.S. Will Move Away From Goods Made By Forced Labor In Xinjiang

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Owners Of The Suez Canal Ship Have Reached A Compensation Deal With Egypt

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To Counter China, U.S. And EU Officials Suspend Boeing-Airbus Dispute

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Civilians Paid A Steep Price For Destroyed Tunnels In Israeli-Hamas Conflict

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Netanyahu Opponents Reach A Deal To Form Coalition Government

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Prime Minister Netanyahu's Political Fate Remains Unclear After Conflict In Israel

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Blinken Travels To Middle East To Shore Up Gaza Cease-Fire

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Updates From Israel Following The Cease-Fire Agreement

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