NPR Fuels Foreign Desk With New Hires, Moves

NPR News has announced several new correspondent hires and appointments for its Foreign Desk. The hires and moves come under the new leadership of Senior Foreign Editor Edith Chapin.

Leila Fadel, currently the WaPo bureau chief in Cairo, will join NPR in July. Fadel is a known voice from North Africa, and in the past year, has covered the wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Syria, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. She covered the Iraq War for nearly five years, receiving a George Polk award in 2007 for her reporting from Baghdad. Fadel will begin her career in Cairo, while correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson fills in temporarily in Kabul and then Berlin over the next year.

Joining NPR as its East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi is Gregory Warner. He begins in Nairobi in December; in the interim, Austin-based correspondent John Burnett will take an extended assignment in Africa. Warner is a senior reporter for Marketplace from American Public Media, where he covers the economics and business of health care. He previously reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Congo.

Starting in July, NPR’s Corey Flintoff will become the new Moscow correspondent. In recent years, Flintoff has covered the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, the war in Afghanistan, and before that, the Iraq War. He was most recently a correspondent for Digital News.