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 shakes hands Friday with the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz. Merkel's conservatives reached a "breakthrough" deal with the Social Democrats toward building a new coalition government, sources close to the negotiations said. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Leaders Agree On New Coalition Talks, But Hurdles Remain

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German Chancellor Merkel Strikes Deal For New Coalition Government

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Germany's Angela Merkel Tries For A 2nd Time To Form A Government

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Forming A Coalition Is Distracting Chancellor Merkel, Critics Say

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Austrian Muslims Say Religious Intolerance Is Growing

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Austria's Coalition Government Includes Party Linked To Ex-Nazis

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German City Bans Refugees From Settling There, Other Cities May Follow

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Ali Abdullah Saleh gave a speech to supporters in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Aug. 24, 2017. He never wavered in his belief that only he could lead the Yemenis, even though he fueled societal divisions by playing enemies off one another to weaken his opposition. Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Residents of Salzigitter shop at the local mall. Officials say their community and its resources are being overwhelmed by refugees, most of them from Syria. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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German Government Trying To Bring Back Children Who Ended Up With ISIS

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In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Coalition Talks Have Failed

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Coalition Talks In Germany Collapse, Blow To Merkel's Leadership

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