You’ve surely heard her voice many times–on your daily commute or while you’re enjoying coffee on the porch. For years, Jackie Northam has been informing and enlightening us about events and conflicts around the world over the NPR airwaves. Now we get to hear about conflict in her own life, as she had to make a decision about continuing her high-risk career. Northam, NPR’s International Affairs Correspondent, is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, politics, and life across the globe – from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic. Northam has received multiple journalism awards during her career, including Associated Press awards and regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and was part of an NPR team of journalists who won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “The DNA Files,” a series about the science of genetics. A native of Canada, Northam spends her time off crewing in the summer, on the ski hills in the winter, and on long walks year-round with her beloved beagle, Tara.
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