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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U.S. Seizes More Than 1 Million Barrels Of Iranian Petroleum From Tankers

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U.S.-China Trade Dispute Affects The Search For A New Head Of WTO

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Tianna Spears joined the State Department in 2018, looking forward to the promise of a fulfilling career. She left after less than two years, and is one of a growing number to speak out recently about the special challenges faced by minority foreign service officers. Kennedi Carter for NPR hide caption

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'I Was Asked If I Stole My Car': Black Diplomats Describe Harassment At U.S. Borders

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House Panel Hearing To Probe State Department's Lack Of Diversity

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Why President Trump Wants To Push For A TikTok App Ban

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COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights U.S. Reliance On China's Rare Earth Metals

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Pompeo's Vision Of Human Rights May Hurt LGBTQ, Women's Rights, Critics Say

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Mike Pompeo To Release Human Rights Report

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The Oil Spill From Russian Nickel Mine Is Moving Toward The Arctic Ocean

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Battle Between U.S. And Chinese Telecom Huawei Intensifies

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A Taiwanese Company That Got Caught In The Middle Of Tech War

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Cargo containers are stacked on a ship at California's Port of Los Angeles. Consumer goods are arriving from China and elsewhere, but a lot is not getting to its destination. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Businesses Try To Navigate The World's Coronavirus Cargo Pileup

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Pandemic Upends World's 2 Largest Economies

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