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Nick Schifrin  

Special Correspondent at PBS NewsHour, Covering Foreign Affairs

Nick Schifrin is an American journalist who has reported from more than 35 countries. He is currently a Special Correspondent at PBS NewsHour, covering foreign affairs from Washington, D.C, with a focus on North Korea, Russia, and Iran. He has created week-long, in-depth series for NewsHour from Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. This spring he spent nearly two months in Russia to report the NewsHour's six-part series, "Inside Putin's Russia."

Schifrin is also a mid-career master's student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in Strategic Studies. This fall he taught Advanced Multimedia to NYU journalism graduate students as an adjunct instructor. And he is a visiting fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, where he lectures and teaches a foreign policy class.

Prior to PBS, Schifrin was Al Jazeera America's first foreign correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He led the channel’s coverage of the 2014 war in Gaza. He reported extensively on the Syrian war from Syria's Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian borders. And he arrived in Ukraine as violence peaked in Kiev and reported on the conflict in and annexation of Crimea. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his Gaza coverage and a National Headliners Award for his Ukraine coverage.

From 2008-2012, Schifrin served as the ABC News correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011 he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death and delivered one of the year’s biggest exclusives: the first video from inside bin Laden’s compound. His reporting helped ABC News win an Edward R. Murrow award for its bin Laden coverage. He ran the Islamabad and Kabul bureaus for nearly four years, beginning at age 28.

He is a Council on Foreign Relations term member and an Overseas Press Club Foundation board member.


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