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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In Iraq, Protesters March Against Missile Strikes In Syria

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Iraqi Who Toppled Saddam Hussein Statue 15 Years Ago Regrets His Action

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Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters during a demonstration in Baghdad in 2017. He is now aligning himself with Communists ahead of Iraq's May election. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Saeed Ahmed Khalaf, left, and his family live in a tent on Mount Sinjar. He believes the U.S. would either help protect the Yazidis in Sinjar or help the group emigrate to a safe place. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Yazidis Remain In Fear On Iraq's Mount Sinjar After Attempted Genocide

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In Iraq, Yazidis Are Trapped And Starving Even Though ISIS Is Gone

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi leads an Arab foreign ministers meeting in 2015. Sisi's widely expected victory in the March 26-28 polls is seen both as an endorsement by many Egyptians of his hard-line security policies and economic aims, and the effective crushing by state security institutions of almost all dissent. Thomas Harwell/AP hide caption

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With Little Choice, Egyptians Head To The Polls In Presidential Election

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chairs an Arab foreign ministers meeting during an Arab summit in 2015. Sisi's widely expected victory in the March 26 to 28 polls is seen both as an endorsement by many Egyptians of his hardline security policies and economic aims and the effective crushing by state security institutions of almost all dissent. Thomas Harwell/AP hide caption

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Sisi Is All But Assured A Second Term In Egypt's Presidential Election

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Egyptian Government Implements Free Speech Restrictions Ahead Of Elections

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More than eight months after the battle ended the government hasn't restored electricity or running water in Mosul's Old City. Hundreds of residents with nowhere else to go have come back to try to live in their damaged houses. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Months After ISIS, Much Of Iraq's Mosul Is Still Rubble

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Despite Obstacles, A Yazidi Woman Is Determined To Change Her Life

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Najla Hussin and her mother at their makeshift home in a village of displaced Yazidis near Dohuk in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Yazidi Women Finally Go To School, Defying Former ISIS Rulers — And Their Own Parents

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Kuwait Conference Aims To Raise Funds To Rebuild Iraq Post-ISIS

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Emerging Candidate In Egypt Probably Won't Change Presidential Election Outcome

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