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.

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Kenya has a new president after a more transparent — but still contentious — election

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Tigrayan rebels accept ceasefire and say they're ready for peace talks

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Supporters of Kenya's president-elect William Ruto hold posters of him as they gather while waiting for results of Kenya's general election in Eldoret, Kenya, on Monday. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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There are still no official results in Kenya's presidential election

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Kenyans face a tense wait for the results of Tuesday's presidential election

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The first voters in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, look into one of the many polling rooms at Olympic Primary just minutes before voting commences on Tuesday. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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Voters cast their ballots in Kenyan presidential election with low turnout

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With many voters discouraged, turnout was low for Kenya's presidential election

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Kenyan presidential candidate George Wajackoyah on the campaign trail in Mwea, Kenya, on Aug. 5. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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In Kenya, promises of marijuana paradise electrify the electorate

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Kenya's pro-pot presidential candidate

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The run up to Kenya's election is messier than normal. Voters wonder if it's for show

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The Ethiopian government has jailed tens of thousands in a countrywide crackdown

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When there's drought, African governments urged to act before there's famine

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A song by reggae star Teddy Afro confronts Ethiopia's prime minister

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Florence Aluoch Odero prepares fish for frying at Migingo Island Hotel, a food stall in Nairobi's Kenyatta Market. Her expenses are soaring due to inflation. Khadija Farah/for NPR hide caption

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The case of the incredible shrinking fritter: A report from Kenya's street stalls

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