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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Families In Lebanon Aim To Celebrate Eid Despite The Steep Costs

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Lebanon Sees Price Gouging Of Basic Necessities During Economic Crisis

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Iraqi Hospital Fire In Coronavirus Ward Kills Over 90 People

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The Economic Crisis In Lebanon May Be One Of The Worst In The World Since The 1800s

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Attacks Are On The Rise Between U.S. Troops And Iranian-Backed Militias

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Syrian Tourism Minister Mohammed Rami Martini (center) attends a tourism conference in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on May 26. It was a rare visit by a representative of Syria's Bashar Assad government to an international forum hosted by Saudi Arabia. Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Arab Nations That Opposed Assad's Regime Have Begun Rebuilding Ties With Syria

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A March 21 attack by the Assad regime forces and Iran-backed terrorist groups targeted a hospital in Aleppo, killing six civilians and injuring 15. Above: A view of the damaged site. Kasim Rammah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Syria Bombs Hospitals. Now It Will Help Lead The World Health Organization

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In The Wake Of Assad's Reelection, 3 Syrians Share Their Hopes And Fears

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It's Election Day In Syria. The Outcome Is All But Guaranteed

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A children's room in Beit Hanoun, the northern Gaza Strip, is damaged in a building destroyed by an airstrike prior to a cease-fire reached after an 11-day war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Parents In Gaza And Israel Are Doing Their Best To Shield Kids From The Trauma Of War

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Left: Anwar Alsaeedi stands with his children, Nada, 9, and Mazeen, 6, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Right: Hatem al-Showaiter with his daughter in Djibouti, when his daughter was three and half years old. She is now aged seven and half. Reem Alsaeedi; Hatem al-Showaiter hide caption

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Reem Alsaeedi; Hatem al-Showaiter

Some Yemenis Struggle For U.S. Visas Even After The End Of The Travel Ban

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Helping Children Traumatized From Latest Israel-Hamas Fighting

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Palestinian children walk past the rubble of a house hit by Israeli airstrikes this week in Beit Lahyia in the northern Gaza Strip. Hatem Moussa/AP hide caption

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In Gaza, Families Have Huddled At Home, Hoping For A Warning Before An Israeli Strike

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