Eyder Peralta Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Eyder Peralta

Eyder Peralta

International Correspondent, East Africa

Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.

He is responsible for covering the region's people, politics, and culture. In a region that vast, that means Peralta has hung out with nomadic herders in northern Kenya, witnessed a historic transfer of power in Angola, ended up in a South Sudanese prison, and covered the twists and turns of Kenya's 2017 presidential elections.

Previously, he covered breaking news for NPR, where he covered everything from natural disasters to the national debates on policing and immigration.

Peralta joined NPR in 2008 as an associate producer. Previously, he worked as a features reporter for the Houston Chronicle and a pop music critic for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, FL.

Through his journalism career, he has reported from more than a dozen countries and he was part of the NPR teams awarded the George Foster Peabody in 2009 and 2014. 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 a kid, and the family settled in Miami. He's a graduate of Florida International University.

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A man holds national flags of Eritrea (left) and Ethiopia as he waits for the arrival of Eritrea's president at the airport in Gondar, nothern Ethiopia, in November. Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Ethiopia's Democratic Awakening Catch On Next Door In Eritrea?

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Jawar Mohammed, 32, created the Oromia Media Network and used it to bludgeon one of the most brutal regimes on the African continent. Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How An Exiled Activist In Minnesota Helped Spur Big Political Changes In Ethiopia

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Takes Strides In Solidifying Peace With Eritrea

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Mezgebo, 47, found only a pile of rocks when he returned to his family home. But he began work anyway, winnowing his wheat within view of the Eritrean border. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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'Peace Is Everything': Ethiopia And Eritrea Embrace Open Border After Long Conflict

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The faithful enter Ethiopia's Holy Trinity Cathedral. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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'It Has Been A Dream': Ethiopians Are Adjusting To Rapid Democratic Changes

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Spitting Cobra Finds Its Way Into The Backyard Of NPR's East Africa Correspondent

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Kenya Implements Traffic Safety Regulations 15 Years After They Were Passed

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People waved the national flags of South Sudan during a peace ceremony in the capital city of Juba last Thursday. South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to Juba after two years of exile, saying he had come bearing a message of peace. AKUOT CHOL/Akuot Chol/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People cheer and throw confetti after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a cargo train for its inaugural journey to Nairobi last year at the port of the coastal town of Mombasa. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A New Chinese-Funded Railway In Kenya Sparks Debt-Trap Fears

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Melania Trump Stops In Kenya On 4-Nation Solo Trip

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Ugandans Use Character From TV Ad To Criticize President Museveni

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From left: Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu and actors Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva at the Cannes Film Festival. Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Rafiki': The Lesbian Love Story That Kenya Banned And Then Unbanned

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Ugandans Nurse Scars From Disputes With Decades-Old Regime

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Ugandan Opposition Lawmaker Met With Large Military Presence Upon Arrival Back Home

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