Julie McCarthy

Julie McCarthy has traveled the world as an international correspondent for NPR, heading NPR's Tokyo bureau, reporting from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and covering the news and issues of South America. McCarthy is currently NPR's correspondent based in New Delhi, India.

In April 2009, McCarthy moved to Islamabad to open NPR's first permanent bureau in Pakistan. Before moving to Islamabad, McCarthy was NPR's South America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. McCarthy covered the Middle East for NPR from 2002 to 2005, when she was dispatched to report on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank.

Previously, McCarthy was the London Bureau Chief for NPR, a position that frequently took her far from her post to cover stories that span the globe. She spent five weeks in Iran during the war in Afghanistan, covered the re-election of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and traveled to the Indian island nation of Madagascar to report on the political and ecological developments there. Following the terror attacks on the United States, McCarthy was the lead reporter assigned to investigate al Qaeda in Europe.

In 1994, McCarthy became the first staff correspondent to head NPR's Tokyo bureau. She covered a range of stories in Japan with distinction, including the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the turmoil over U.S. troops on Okinawa. Her coverage of Japan won the East-West Center's Mary Morgan Hewett Award for the Advancement of Journalism.

McCarthy has also traveled extensively throughout Asia. Her coverage of the Asian economic crisis earned her the 1998 Overseas Press Club of America Award. She arrived in Indonesia weeks before the fall of Asia's longest-running ruler and chronicled a nation in chaos as President Suharto stepped from power.

Prior to her assignment in Asia, McCarthy was the foreign editor for Europe and Africa. She served as the Senior Washington Editor during the Persian Gulf War; NPR was honored with a Silver Baton in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for its coverage of that conflict. McCarthy was awarded a Peabody, two additional Overseas Press Club Awards and the Ohio State Award in her capacity as European and African Editor.

McCarthy was selected to spend the 2002-2003 academic year at Stanford University, winning a place in the Knight Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1994, she was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

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1:55 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

Manuel Udaya Chandra's 24-year-old son disappeared in 2008, shortly before Sri Lanka's civil war ended. She holds out hope that he's still alive, though a government commission looking into those who disappeared has moved slowly.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:29 am

Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed island in the Indian Ocean, is in the sixth year of peace. But as the country prepares for elections in August, the legacy of its long civil war still casts a shadow.

The intervening years have been especially painful for the families of the thousands who disappeared in three decades of conflict and remain unaccounted for.

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7:55 am
Sun June 21, 2015

35,000 Bend It With Modi As India Launches World Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath, the mall of central New Delhi, for International Yoga Day.
Saurabh Das AP

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 3:48 pm

You don't expect to see world leaders getting down on all fours to perform yoga in public, let alone in a mass yoga class that draws observers from Guinness World Records.

But India's Narendra Modi did just that when he launched International Yoga Day on Rajpath, the central Delhi mall that represents the nerve center of power in India.

"Who would have thought that we would turn Rajpath into Yog-path [Yoga Road]," Modi asked the assembled yoga enthusiasts.

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Asia
6:43 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Who Knew Yoga Could Be So Stressful!

Yogis in Bangalore get ready for the International Yoga Day on June 21.
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Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 1:01 pm

It seemed like a noble idea: Declare an international day of yoga.

Who knew it would be so controversial?

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forth the proposal during his maiden speech before the United Nations last September. Modi, who himself does yoga, called the ancient practice "India's gift."

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Asia
7:48 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Brutal Attacks On Nuns Put India's Christians On Edge

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

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The Two-Way
6:09 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Praise For Indian PM's Diplomacy, Then A Backlash For His Undiplomatic Remark

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 5:47 pm

It's India's latest social media battle cry: #DespiteBeingAWoman erupted on Twitter on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase while talking about the female prime minister of Bangladesh.

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Asia
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:21 pm

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3:44 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Nestlé India In Hot Water Over Reports Of Excess Lead In Noodle Soup

Nestlé's Maggi instant noodles gained popularity in India as the snack of the middle class in the 1980s.
Chandan Khanna AFP/Getty Images

The Swiss giant Nestlé is facing a commercial disaster in India over allegations that its best-selling brand of instant noodle soup contains unsafe amounts of lead as well as the taste enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Sales of the soup, sold under the brand Maggi (pronounced Maggie), have plunged since the food safety dispute erupted.

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5:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Very Strange Life Of Nepal's Child Goddess

Nepal's Living Goddess, the Kumari Devi, 9, observes a chariot festival in Kathmandu on March 29. The goddess is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. She's selected as a young child and lives an isolated and secretive existence and is rarely seen in public. Her historic home survived last month's earthquake with only minor cracks. She's being held by her caretaker Gautam Shakya.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:45 pm

Last month's earthquake brought much of Kathmandu's historic Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site, tumbling to the ground. Nepal's showcase temples and palaces were reduced to ruins. But save for a few cracks, the home of the city's Living Goddess remained intact.

Largely unknown to the outside world, Nepal's centuries-old institution of the child deity, the Kumari Devi, is deeply embedded in the culture of Kathmandu Valley. Young, beautiful and decorous, even a glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune.

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Asia
5:33 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Indians Wait For Prime Minister Modi's Promises Of Better Days

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:24 pm

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4:37 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Death Toll Rises To 750 As Heat Wave Sweeps Through India

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

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4:31 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

Amrit Shrestha (left) looks through the rubble of his home in Nepal's Sindupalchowk district. Some 2,600 people were killed in the rural district, a third of the entire death toll in Nepal's devastating earthquake.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:17 pm

Driving east out of Kathmandu, the road turns north and coils toward the Chinese border, up past the treeline, with breathtaking views of the indelible, snow-capped peaks of the Langtang Mountain Range. The valley fans out below, carpeted with ancient terraces.

It's a singular Nepali panorama. But alongside it another more sobering scene unfolds on the landscape.

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Asia
5:11 am
Mon May 4, 2015

U.S. Marines Arrive In Nepal To Distribute Earthquake Assistance

U.S. Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft arrive Sunday at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:52 pm

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9:20 am
Sun May 3, 2015

To Restore Its Shattered Treasures, Nepal Has A Secret Weapon

Master carvers like Ratna Muni Brahmacharya are in a position to play a key role in restoring Nepal's many damaged temples and monuments.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:09 pm

Blue-uniformed police do the heavy lifting in Dubar square in the city of Patan, one of Nepal's oldest. Moving wooden beams and stacking broken bricks, they sift through ruined monuments, some of which date back four centuries and more.

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Asia
6:11 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

He Carried His Mom On His Back For 5 Hours En Route To Medical Care

Amar Baramu carried his 70-year-old mother on his back for five hours, then rode with her on a bus for 12 more, to get her to a hospital for the head wound she suffered during the earthquake.
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Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:42 am

He carried his 70-year-old mother on his back for five hours.

Then he traveled with her by bus for 12 more.

She suffered a severe head injury when the earthquake rumbled through her village of Thumi. He was trying to get her to a hospital in the Gorkha district in northern-central Nepal.

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5:52 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Nepal Earthquake Victims Are Desperate For Help

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:15 pm

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5:52 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Nepal, Aftershocks Keep People Fearful And Out Of Their Homes

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:57 pm

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Over the weekend, I heard from a friend in Nepal. He described people spending their nights outdoors even if their homes survived Saturday's earthquake.

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4:05 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Indian Farmer's Apparent Suicide Sparks Political Backlash

An Indian National Congress party worker on Thursday pays tribute to Gajendra Singh, a farmer who committed suicide during a candlelight vigil in New Delhi the previous day.
Rajay Gupta EPA/Landov

The apparent suicide of a farmer at a rally in central Delhi has turned into a political mud-slinging contest.

Gajendra Singh, reportedly in his 40s, was found hanging from a tree during a rally in New Delhi earlier this week. His death has quickly become a powerful symbol for disaffected and destitute farmers who oppose a government push to loosen restrictions on industrial acquisition of farmland.

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5:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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Asia
5:28 am
Fri March 13, 2015

India's Prime Minister Makes A Swing Through Indian Ocean Nations

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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1:12 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

Susannah Ireland for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:03 am

"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

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Asia
5:25 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

Smoke rises from chimneys of coal-based power plants in the Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh, India.
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Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 2:19 pm

China's pollution is epic enough that even the mayor of Beijing said his city "is not livable" because of its noxious smog.

But a new study, published Saturday in the Economic & Political Weekly, shows that 660 million people — half the population — live in areas where fine particulate matter pollution is above levels considered safe under Indian standards.

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Head Of UN Climate Change Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations

Rajendra K. Pachauri speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, on Dec. 11, 2014. He is stepping down as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Juan Karita AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 3:51 pm

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra K. Pachauri, stepped down Tuesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct that have engulfed the celebrated Indian economist and engineer.

Pachauri is one of the world's top climate change officials. His departure from the IPCC is a huge embarrassment for the group, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore for their role in galvanizing international action against climate change.

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Asia
5:06 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Modi's Fancy Pinstripe Suit Lands $694,000 At Auction

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears a dark pinstriped suit with his name monogrammed in dull gold stripes Jan. 25 during a reception for U.S. President Obama in New Delhi, India. The suit was auctioned off Friday for more than 43 million rupees, or about $694,000.
Saurabh Das AP

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 8:44 am

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is noted for making bold statements — both in policy and fashion. When Modi sported a suit with pinstripes that spelled out his name in tiny gold lettering, his critics called it the height of vanity.

But the controversial suit raised more than eyebrows: It sold at auction today for nearly $695,000.

The "selfie" suit was debuted when Modi wore it to a bilateral meeting with President Obama during his visit to India last month.

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5:08 am
Tue February 17, 2015

What's It Like To Live Without Electricity? Ask An Indian Villager

Without horsepower, they rely on human power: Mother and daughter-in-law Sheela and Sunita Devi shred sugarcane into feed.
Ibrahim Malik for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 8:19 am

Imagine living in a world with little or no light when the sun set. That's the plight of an estimated 300 million Indians — a quarter of the population, mostly the rural poor.

They're not left completely in the dark. Kerosene lamps provide light. Cow dung patties provide fuel for cooking. But these options take a toll on time and health. That's why India's prime minister is calling for global partnerships to bring green energy to the powerless millions.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

India's Ruling Party Routed By Upstart In Delhi Elections

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, center, waves to the crowd as his party secured a landslide victory in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. The result is a huge blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 2:42 am

Not even the most starry-eyed optimists of India's upstart Aam Aadmi [Common Man] Party dared predict they would pierce the armor of Prime Minister Narendra's Modi political invincibility as convincingly as they did today.

The party won a 95 percent landslide, capturing 67 out of 70 seats in the local assembly election in Delhi to decide who will govern the Indian capital.

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4:14 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

In India, Obama Speeches Spark Debate On Religious Tolerance

A policewoman detains one of the Indian Christians protesting against recent attacks on churches in the Indian capital outside the Sacred Heart Church in New Delhi, India, on Thursday.
Manish Swarup AP

The subject of religious intolerance is emerging as an irritant in U.S.-India relations.

Senior Indian government officials pounced on remarks by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday. Referencing India, he evoked religious discrimination.

He said: "In past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs— acts that would have shocked Gandhi-ji," meaning Mahatma Gandhi.

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4:34 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Makes Guest Appearance On Modi's Radio Show

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm

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5:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Wraps Up Visit To India

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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5:09 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Obama Honored As Chief Guest At India's Republic Day Festivities

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:57 pm

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11:01 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Pope Francis Canonizes First Sri Lankan Saint

Pope Francis arrives for Wednesday's canonization Mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Buddhika Weerasinghe Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 8:13 pm

Pope Francis gave majority Buddhist Sri Lanka its first Catholic saint today during a seaside ceremony before thousands of people who packed the oceanfront of the capital, Colombo.

Francis is in Asia on a six-day tour intended to build the Roman Catholic Church's following on a continent that holds 60 percent of the world's population but only 12 percent of Catholics.

As church bells rang, the pope canonized Joseph Vaz, a priest who worked against the persecution of Catholics by the island's 17th-century Protestant Dutch rulers.

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