Ruth Sherlock International Correspondent, covering the Middle East
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Ruth Sherlock

International Correspondent, covering the Middle East

Ruth Sherlock is an International Correspondent with National Public Radio. She's based in Beirut and reports on Syria and other countries around the Middle East. She was previously the United States Editor for the Daily Telegraph, covering the 2016 US election. Before moving to the US in the spring of 2015, she was the Telegraph's Middle East correspondent.

Sherlock reported from almost every revolution and war of the Arab Spring. She lived in Libya for the duration of the conflict, reporting from opposition front lines. In late 2011 she travelled to Syria, going undercover in regime held areas to document the arrest and torture of antigovernment demonstrators. As the war began in earnest, she hired smugglers to cross into rebel held parts of Syria from Turkey and Lebanon. She also developed contacts on the regime side of the conflict, and was given rare access in government held areas.

Her Libya coverage won her the Young Journalist of the Year prize at British Press Awards. In 2014, she was shortlisted at the British Journalism Awards for her investigation into the Syrian regime's continued use of chemical weapons. She has twice been a finalist for the Gaby Rado Award with Amnesty International for reporting with a focus on human rights. With NPR, in 2020, her reporting for the Embedded podcast was shortlisted for the prestigious Livingston Award.

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Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen kills more than 70 and wounds hundreds

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UAE has promised to respond after drone attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels

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People enjoy drinks at a restaurant overlooking the Marina district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2019. The country is loosening its liquor laws and other restrictions. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Why United Arab Emirates is relaxing laws on sex, marriage, liquor, vapes and more

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The UAE attempts to overhaul harsh criminal and financial laws

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Many in Iraq regard women riding bikes as promiscuous. Some women see it as activism

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Migrants aiming to cross into Poland camp near the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 17. Maxim Guchek/BelTA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians say Belarus deported them even though they're wanted by Assad's regime

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Why elections in Libya have been delayed

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The war-torn Iraqi city of Ramadi is enjoying an investment boom

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As water levels dropped in the marshlands this summer, the marsh water became too salty for the water buffalo to drink. Mootaz Sami for NPR hide caption

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In Iraq's famed marshlands, climate change is upending a way of life

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Iraq can only cultivate about half of the farmland it usually does due to drought

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How newly elected Alaa al-Rikabi wants to reform Iraq

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Many Iraqi voters are disillusioned, and the low election turnout makes that clear

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Early results in Iraq show record low election turnout

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Iraqi reform activists risk their lives to protest

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Iraq's voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament

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