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

Jane Arraf

International Correspondent, Cairo, Egypt

Jane Arraf covers Egypt, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East for NPR News.

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 on the war in Iraq in 2003 and covered live the battles for Fallujah, Najaf, Samarra, and Tel Afar. She has also covered India, Pakistan, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and has done extensive magazine 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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Women carry children near the al-Hol camp in Syria's Kurdish-majority region of Rojava. The camp is filled with more than 72,000 people — most of them women and children who came out of the last ISIS-held territory. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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In Post-ISIS Iraq, Volunteering Can Quickly Become An Act Of Rebellion

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Libya Could Descend Into War Again After Army General Launches Surprise Attack On Tripoli

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Freedom From ISIS Means Yazidi Women Must Abandon Their Children

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U.S. Will Leave Up To 1,000 Troops In Syria To Guard Against ISIS Resurgence

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Families Of ISIS Fighters Crowd Camps In Syria

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Thousands Overwhelm Syrian Refugee Camp — Most Are The Families Of ISIS Fighters

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In Iraq, Packed Ferry Sinks In Tigris River

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Mazen (right), 13, and his brother Mezban in a camp for displaced Yazidis in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Mazen was freed recently, five years after being kidnapped by ISIS. He was found in Baghouz, the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. His brother was also kidnapped and, 2-1/2 years ago, was rescued with their mother. The boys' father is still missing. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Freed From ISIS, Few Yazidis Return To Suffering Families, Many Remain Missing

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News Brief: FAA Grounds 737 Max, Mueller Team Member Leaves

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Yazidis Tell Their Stories About Life Under ISIS

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After Finally Escaping ISIS Captivity, People Talk About Their Experiences

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Egyptian Christians Left With Nowhere To Pray But The Street

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In Iraq and Syria, What's Left Of ISIS?

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