Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for NPR. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

International Correspondent, Berlin

International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for NPR. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Nelson returns to Egypt on occasion to cover the tumultuous transition to democracy there.

In 2006, Nelson opened the NPR Kabul Bureau. During the following three and a half years, she gave 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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also chairwoman of the German Christian Democratic Union, announces a new deal with Horst Seehofer, the interior minister and chairman of Bavaria's Christian Social Union, in Berlin on Monday. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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A Compromise On Migration Keeps Germany's Merkel In Power

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Immigration Crisis May End German Chancellor's Political Career

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The EU, Merkel And Migration

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The MV Lifeline, a vessel for the German charity Mission Lifeline, arrives with 234 migrants onboard in the harbour of Valletta, Malta, on Wednesday. Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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EU Leaders Reach A Deal To Limit Migrant Travel

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News Brief: Maryland Newsroom Attacked, Abortion Rights Battle, EU Migrant Summit

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EU Leaders Meet To Discuss Migration Policies

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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with other Europen Union leaders during a summit Thursday in Brussels. Earlier in the day she delivered a speech to a restive German parliament, deeply divided over matters of migration. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Merkel's Fragile Coalition Teeters On Edge Of Migration Question

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European Union Summit Could Be Derailed Over Immigration Debate

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Debate Over Migrant Crisis Threatens To Topple Germany's Government

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Political Fight Centers On Whether German Borders Should Be Closed

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Nations Respond After Trump Withdraws Endorsement Of G-7 Communique

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Uproar Continues Over Pro-Right Remarks By U.S. Ambassador To Germany

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A road sign on Hamburg's Max-Brauer-Allee warns motorists that older diesel vehicles are banned from using this stretch of road. Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel vehicles. Daniel Bockwoldt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Could A Diesel Ban In Hamburg, Germany, Cause More Pollution? Some Residents Worry

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