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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Last Sunday in the park in Nairobi, life was seemingly back to normal in the middle of a pandemic — which didn't appear to hit the country as hard as expected. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption

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Kenya Braced For The Worst. The Worst Didn't Happen. Why?

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Two Sets Of Elephant Twins Born Amid Elephant Baby Boom In Kenya

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Man Who Inspired 'Hotel Rwanda' Faces Cruel Treatment In Custody, Lawyers Say

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Rwanda Arrests The Man Who Inspired The Hollywood Film 'Hotel Rwanda'

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Africa Is Declared Officially Free Of The Wild Poliovirus

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ISIS-Affiliated Fighters Take Control Of A Strategic Port In Mozambique

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Monica Muthuma has been selling fruits, vegetables and dawa for five years at this stand. Since the pandemic began peaking in Kenya, she says, her ginger-infused drink has taken center stage at her store. Eyder Peralta/ NPR hide caption

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Looking For A Comfort Drink For The Pandemic? Kenyans Love Their Fruity, Gingery Dawa

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Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita Resigns After Soldiers Mutiny

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South Africa Has One Of The World's Largest Caseloads Despite A Slow Pandemic Start

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Coronavirus Around The World: How Countries Are Coping With COVID-19 Surges

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Sudan Introduces Wide-Reaching Reforms To Move Away From Strict Islamist Rule

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A pupil receives hand sanitizer upon returning to school in Johannesburg on July 6. Since easing its lockdown, coronavirus cases have spiked and the government is introducing some restrictions. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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In Nairobi's Kibera slum in April, Nancy Andeka, 45, teaches her and her neighbor's children at home as schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Brian Inganga/AP hide caption

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As Kenya Keeps Schools Shut, Teen Pregnancies Are Rising

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Kenyan Health Workers Manage COVID-19, HIV In Nairobi

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