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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Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Defeat Of ISIS, But Still Faces Pressure

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2 Sisters Talk About Life In Mosul After ISIS

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In Iraq, Kirkuk Residents Nervous As Power Turns Over Again

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Kawkab walks with a social worker in the Dabaga camp for displaced Iraqis. Kawkab says she was seven or eight when she saw ISIS militants shoot her mother dead. "They shot her with an assault rifle," she says. "They shot her and she died and they threw her off the bridge. I asked them, 'Why did you kill her? She's my mother. She didn't do anything.'" Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Traumatized And Vulnerable To Abuse, Orphans From Mosul Are 'Living In Another World'

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More Than 300 Killed In Attack On Egyptian Mosque

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Iraqi Authorities Trying To Deal With A Complicated Legacy Of ISIS Fighters

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Rescue Workers Continue To Search Through Rubble Following Earthquake In Iran And Iraq

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Scores Killed When Strong Quake Hits Near Iran-Iraq Border

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Ousted Kurdish Governor Of Kirkuk Fears For His Life

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Masoud Barzani stepped down last week as president of Iraq's Kurdistan regional government. The independence referendum he pushed through resulted in a military attack by Iraqi forces. But, he tells NPR, "I am very proud that we have given the opportunity for the Kurdish people to express their vote." He says the region will reassess its relationship with the U.S. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After Iraqi Kurdish Independence Vote Backfires, 'I Do Not Regret It,' Says Barzani

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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Says Region Will Re-evaluate Relationship With U.S. After Referendum

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Mustafa Ahmed walks near home on the outskirts of Fallujah. As a baby, he was severely injured during the battle to liberate Fallujah from al-Qaida. His leg was amputated and he later received medical treatment in Portland, Oregon. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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