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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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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Biden Faces Decision On Gas Pipeline From Russia That Could Alienate Germany

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Emergency personnel work at the scene a Nigerian military aircraft crash near Abuja, Nigeria, on Sunday. All seven people on board were killed. Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine during a visit to a coronavirus vaccination center in London on Feb. 15, 2021. The British government hopes to vaccinate all adults by the end of July. Jeremy Selwyn/AP hide caption

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Biden Announces U.S. Will Engage Diplomatically To End War In Yemen

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How U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations Could Change Under Biden Administration

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Aakib Hodekar, a seafarer from India, has been aboard a ship for six months. Due to COVID-19, his contract has been extended for an additional two months. Unexpected extensions are the new norm for seafarers all over the world. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Many Seafarers Are Stranded Aboard Ships Because Of The Coronavirus

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When It Comes To COVID-19, Iran Is Dealt A Double Whammy

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Saudi Arabia To Reopen Borders With Qatar

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Iran Seizes South Korean-Flagged Ship As Tensions Mount With U.S.

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Saudi Arabia Rethinking Relationship With U.S. Under Biden

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Some Countries Continue Doing Business With Iran Despite U.S. Sanction Threats

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