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.

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.


6:48 am
Fri April 24, 2015

European Leaders Vow To Do More To Help Arriving Migrants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

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5:06 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

European Leaders Hold Summit To Address Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:13 pm

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4:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Trial Of Former Auschwitz Guard To Begin In Germany

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:23 pm

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4:50 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Plagued By Smog, Krakow Struggles To Break Its Coal-Burning Habit

Poland's second-largest city is also a major tourist destination. Krakow (seen here at night from the Krakus Mound) is suffering some of the worst air pollution in Europe.
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Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 11:54 am

Krakow is one of Europe's top tourist destinations and attracts millions of visitors each year to soak up its history, culture and architecture. But its appeal wanes during colder months when another prominent feature of the Polish city is on display: air pollution.

Environmental officials say Krakow's air is among the most polluted in Poland, which in turn, has the most polluted air in the European Union.

And what's the source of the smog hanging over the city during colder months? It's not Polish industry, but rather residents who burn coal to keep warm.

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5:46 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Non-Profit Helps Young Afghan Women Reach Country's Tallest Peak

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:36 pm

An American NGO called "Ascend" is training Afghan girls to scale their country's highest peak this year. The young women are a mix of haves and have-nots and their circumstances shed light on which of them might succeed.

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