Larry Kaplow Larry Kaplow edits the work of NPR's correspondents in the Middle East and helps direct coverage about the region.
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Larry Kaplow

Editor, International Desk

Larry Kaplow edits the work of NPR's correspondents in the Middle East and helps direct coverage about the region. That has included NPR's work on the Syrian civil war, the Trump administration's reduction in refugee admissions, the Iran nuclear deal, the US-backed fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

He has been at NPR since 2013, starting as an overnight news editor. He moved to the International Desk in 2014. He won NPR's Newcomer Award and was part of teams that won an Overseas Press Club Award and an NPR Content Excellence Award.

Prior to joining NPR, Kaplow reported from the Middle East for 12 years. He was the Cox Newspapers' Mideast correspondent from 1997 to 2003, reporting from Jerusalem during the Second Intifada as well as from Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. He did reporting stints on the NATO campaign in Kosovo and the toppling of Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

He moved to Baghdad just before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. He covered the invasion, the fall of the regime and continued reporting from Iraq for Cox Newspapers and eventually Newsweek until late 2009. In 2010, he returned to Iraq to help report an episode of This American Life.

He was part of a team that won the top prize from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for stories about failures in the US system for compensating Iraqi war victims.

He was a freelance reporter in Mexico City from 2011 to 2013. He also reported from Guatemala on the efforts to prosecute soldiers responsible for a massacre in the 1980s.

Before reporting abroad, Kaplow worked at The Palm Beach Post and The Bradenton Herald in Florida, covering courts, schools, and state government. He graduated from Duke University and was in the Peace Corps in Guatemala.

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Siamak Namazi (second left) and Morad Tahbaz (right) are welcomed after disembarking from a Qatari jet on their arrival at the Doha International Airport on Monday. Karim Jaafar / AFP/via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Marines take up positions in the area around the Palestine hotel in the center of Baghdad, April 9, 2003. Sean Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Marine Maj. Bull Gurfein pulls down a poster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on March 21, 2003, a day after the start of the U.S. invasion, in Safwan, Iraq. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, on Feb. 22. The raid left scores of people hurt and killed 10 Palestinians. Israel's military says it suffered no casualties. Zain Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces following an army raid in the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Here's what is driving the latest spiral of Israeli-Palestinian violence

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Baquer Namazi, one of four U.S. citizens whose freedom Washington had demanded in the context of any revived nuclear deal with Tehran, speaks to the press upon his arrival to the Omani capital Muscat on Oct. 5, 2022 following his release. -/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden's visit to the Middle East will start in Israel on Wednesday. Then he will go to the Israeli-occupied West Bank to meet the Palestinian leadership. From there, he'll attend a regional Arab summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he'll meet leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian pictured meeting in Tehran, on Tuesday. Grossi pressed for greater access in the Islamic Republic ahead of diplomatic talks restarting over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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A staff person removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with representatives of the United States, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks in July 2015 in Vienna. Carlos Barria/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Longtime Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat Dies Of Complications From COVID-19

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Billboards show Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and rival candidate Benny Gantz in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Feb. 23. The sign in the foreground, for Netanyahu's Likud party, reads "Likud members, go out to vote, victory depends only on you." Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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Israel's 'Groundhog Day': Hold Elections. Call Another Vote. Repeat

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White House Adviser: On Mideast Peace Plan, 'We Are Aiming For The Home Run'

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The USS Arlington, shown in December in Morehead City, N.C., has been sent to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran. MC3 Chris Roys/Navy Office of Information/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he addresses supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on election night early on Wednesday. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Iranian woman walks past the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which bears a mural depicting the Statue of Liberty with a dead face. With just days to go until the U.S. plans to snap more sanctions back into place, questions linger about what the move spells for the world. Aatta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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