Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson Special correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and read at NPR.org.
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Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Special Correspondent, Berlin

Special correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and read at NPR.org. From 2012 until 2018 Nelson was NPR's bureau chief in Berlin. She won the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her work in Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Nelson was also based in Cairo for NPR and covered the Arab World from the Middle East to North Africa during the Arab Spring. In 2006, Nelson opened NPR's first bureau in Kabul, from where she provided listeners in an in-depth sense of life inside Afghanistan, from the increase in suicide among women in a country that treats them as second class citizens to the growing interference of Iran and Pakistan in Afghan affairs. For her coverage of Afghanistan, she won a Peabody Award, Overseas Press Club Award, and the Gracie in 2010. She received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College in 2011 for her coverage in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Nelson spent 20 years as newspaper reporter, including as Knight Ridder's Middle East Bureau Chief. While at the Los Angeles Times, she was sent on extended assignment to Iran and Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She spent three years an editor and reporter for Newsday and was part of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nelson speaks Farsi, Dari and German.

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Merkel Expected To Push For Global Cohesiveness In New Year's Speech

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E.U. Leaders Formally Back Britain's Brexit Plan

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The European Union And The Brexit Vote

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Comprehensive Post-Brexit Deal Drafted By Britain And EU

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Poland Requests U.S. Base To Guard Against Russian Aggression

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Announces She Won't Seek Another Term

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Where Things Stand As European Leaders Try To Reach An Agreement On Brexit

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With Deadline Looming, Brexit Negotiations Once Again Are Stalled

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In German Regional Elections, Merkel's Allies Falter

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political allies in the wealthy alpine state of Bavaria risk losing ground to the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, party in upcoming regional elections. Pool/Zick,Jochen-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Far Right Finds A New Stronghold In Bavaria, And It's Costing Merkel

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Germany's Coalition Government Braces For Bavaria's Elections

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Winners Of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Recognized For Their Fight Against Sexual Violence

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