Jane Arraf Jane Arraf is NPR's International Correspondent based in Cairo.

Jane Arraf

International Correspondent, Cairo, Egypt

Jane Arraf covers Egypt, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East for NPR News. She is based in NPR's bureau in Cairo, Egypt.

Arraf joined NPR in 2017 after two decades of reporting from and about the region for CNN, NBC, the Christian Science Monitor, PBS Newshour and al-Jazeera English. She has previously been posted to Baghdad, Amman, and Istanbul, along with Washington, DC, New York, and Montreal.

She has reported from Iraq since the 1990s. For several years, Arraf was the only Western journalist based in Baghdad. She reported live the war in Iraq in 2003; covered the battles for Fallujah, Najaf, and Samarra; and was embedded with US forces during the military surge in Iraq. She has also covered India, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and did extensive magazine and newspaper reporting and writing.

Arraf is a former Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Her awards include a Peabody for PBS Newshour, an Overseas Press Club citation, and inclusion in a CNN Emmy.

Arraf studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa and began her career at Reuters.

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Book Festival That Drew Thousands Of People To Downtown Mosul Is Far From Ordinary

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Children sit in front of a tub of moldy bread in their shelter in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen, last month. The U.N. has estimated that up to 14 million Yemenis — about half the country's population — will suffer severe food shortages in the next few months. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Assyrian artifacts are displayed at Iraq's National Museum in Baghdad in 2016. The $30 million sale of a 3,000-year-old Assyrian relief is sparking concern that similar artifacts will be looted. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Voters In Iraq's 3 Kurdish Regions Hold Parliamentary Elections

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Iraq's Kurdistan Region Heads To The Polls To Elect New Parliament

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An Iraqi protester waves a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on Sept. 7, during demonstrations over problems including poor public services. Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Months Of Protests Roil Iraq's Oil Capital Basra

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Protests Continue In Port City In Iraq Over Lack Of Drinking Water And Corruption

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Update On Protests In Basra

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News Brief: Hurricane Heads Toward Carolinas, Trump Approval At 39 Percent, Basra

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Anti-Government Protests Turn Violent In Basra, Iraq

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A Mosul resident looks at the ruins of a damaged historic house in his neighborhood in Mosul's Old City. The United Nations estimates 8,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the fighting to take back this section of Iraq's second-biggest city. Jane Arraf / NPR hide caption

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'The Old City Will Come Back Better': Residents Of Mosul Return And Rebuild

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ISIS Is Gone But Mosul Residents Still Suffer Dire Conditions

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