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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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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Protesters duck as Iraqi security forces fire tear gas during a demonstration against unemployment and a lack of basic services in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday. Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Electricity Cuts, Anti-Government Unrest Grows In Southern Iraq

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Unrest In Southern Iraq Continues As Government Cuts Internet

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The Um Jurius fire base is near Syria's border and Sinjar mountain, where minority Yazidis fled to escape an ISIS genocide in 2014. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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From Deep In The Iraqi Desert, A New U.S. Fire Base Targets ISIS In Syria

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Along The Iraq-Syria Border, U.S. Troops Focus On Defeating ISIS

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Security Forces In Iraq Step Up Attacks On ISIS In Syria

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Ancient artifacts smuggled into the U.S. and purchased by Hobby Lobby are shown at a May 2 event returning the artifacts to Iraq in Washington, D.C. The seized artifacts include cuneiform tablets from the little-known ancient city of Irisagrig. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Hobby Lobby's Illegal Antiquities Shed Light On A Lost, Looted Ancient City In Iraq

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