Eyder Peralta Eyder Peralta is an international correspondent for NPR. He was named NPR's Mexico City correspondent in 2022.
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Eyder Peralta

International Correspondent, Mexico City, Mexico

Eyder Peralta is an international correspondent for NPR. He was named NPR's Mexico City correspondent in 2022. Before that, he was based in Cape Town, South Africa. He started his journalism career as a pop music critic and after a few newspaper stints, he joined NPR in 2008.

In his career, Peralta has reported from more than 20 countries on four continents. In 2022, his coverage of East Africa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Audio Reporting category.

Peralta joined NPR as associate producer, working his way up to become an international correspondent in 2016.

While based in Nairobi, Kenya, and then Cape Town, South Africa, he crisscrossed the African continent. He's interviewed presidents, covered resistance movements, civil war, Ebola and the coronavirus pandemic. He spent years reporting a profile on the most vulgar woman in Uganda. He wrote about house music in South Africa, the joy of mango season in Kenya, a baby elephant boom, hyenas and even how he ended up jailed for four days in South Sudan.

On occasion, he was dispatched to other regions, including Venezuela and Ukraine to cover the Russian invasion.

Previously, Peralta reported breaking news for NPR based out of Washington, D.C., where he covered everything from the American rapprochement with Cuba to natural disasters to the national debates on policing and immigration.

In 2009 and 2014, Peralta was part of the NPR teams that received the George Foster Peabody Award. His 2016 investigative feature on the death of Philando Castile was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society for News Design.

Peralta was born amid a civil war in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. His parents fled when he was child and they settled in Miami. Peralta graduated with a journalism degree from Florida International University.

He is married to writer and author Cynthia Leonor Garza. They have three young daughters, who occasionally do their own reporting.

Story Archive

Monday

Mexico severs ties with Ecuador after a late-night raid on its embassy

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Wednesday

Rod Augustin, measures dimensions for solar panel installation at a local bar in Limonade, Haiti, on March 17, 2024. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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Rod Augustin, measures dimensions for solar panel installation at a local bar in Limonade, Haiti, on March 17, 2024. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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In rural parts of Haiti, living in a dysfunctional state has long been the reality.

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Saturday

Haiti's prime minister steps down, leaving a power vacuum amid mounting violence

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Friday

Armed members of the G9 and Family gang stand guard at their roadblock in the Delmas 6 neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday. Odelyn Joseph/AP hide caption

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A glimpse of the chaos in Haiti, a country reeling with effectively no leader

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The chaos and gang violence, which is not new to Haiti, reach new levels

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Thursday

The latest on the violence that has engulfed the capital of Haiti

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A woman walks past the smoking, empty National Penitentiary after a small fire broke out inside the jail in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 14. This is the same prison that armed gangs stormed late March 2 and hundreds of inmates escaped. Odelyn Joseph/AP hide caption

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The plan to get a transitional government in place in Haiti is being tested

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Tuesday

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry speaks to students during a public lecture on bilateral engagement between Kenya and Haiti, at the United States International University (USIU) Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 1. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Haiti's prime minister says he'll resign once a transitional council is created

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Monday

Armed gangs continue to control much of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince

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Saturday

Regional Mexican music is having a moment on the world stage

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Friday

Former president of Honduras is convicted of drug trafficking charges in New York

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Amid a dramatic standoff, Haiti extends its state of emergency for another 30 days

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Wednesday

A pedestrian walks past the international airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday. Gang members exchanged gunfire with police and soldiers around the airport in the latest of a series of attacks on government sites. Odelyn Joseph/AP hide caption

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Haiti's prime minister is stranded abroad as gangs threaten 'civil war'

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A view of the destruction caused by demonstrators outside the presidential palace in Mexico City on Wednesday, during a protest over the disappearance of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa teaching training school in 2014. The group of demonstrators knocked down one of the doors of building with a pickup truck. Ivan Castaneira/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

A demonstrator holds up a Haitian flag during protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. Odelyn Joseph/AP hide caption

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3 things to know about the current crisis in Haiti

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Armed gangs in Haiti trade fire with police and soldiers as civilians cower in fear

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Monday

Haiti declares a state of emergency as security chaos continues

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Saturday

What to know about the 2 candidates running for Mexico's presidency

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Friday

The war in Gaza has changed everything for the people in the West Bank

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Friday

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele receives a warm welcome at CPAC

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Thursday

Mexico's President strikes back on allegations of his close circle having cartel ties

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