Julie McCarthy '84, Foreign Correspondent for NPR
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Julie McCarthy '84 is a foreign correspondent for NPR and Peabody winner. As a foreign correspondent she has traveled the
world, including reporting from Europe, Africa and South America. McCarthy was the first staff correspondent to head NPR's Tokyo bureau and in 2009 she 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.
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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.
This information first appeared on NPR, Julie McCarthy Bio
Wisconsin Public Radio, "Julie McCarthy: Reporting the World"
Tavis Smiley, "NPR's Julie McCarthy"