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Nick Schifrin is the foreign affairs and defense correspondent for PBS NewsHour, based in Washington, D.C. He leads NewsHour's foreign reporting and has created week-long, in-depth series for NewsHour from China, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. The PBS NewsHour series "Inside Putin's Russia" won a 2018 Peabody Award and the National Press Club's Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. In November 2020, Schifrin received the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs.
Prior to PBS NewsHour, Schifrin was Al Jazeera America's Middle East correspondent. He led the channel’s coverage of the 2014 war in Gaza; reported on the Syrian war from Syria's Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian borders; and covered the 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.
Schifrin is a Council on Foreign Relations term member and an Overseas Press Club Foundation board member. He has a Master of International Public Policy degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with a concentration in Strategic Studies.
Defense Department officials are tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon that is making its way across the central part of the U.S. Senior officials say it’s maneuverable, designed for surveillance and Beijing was “trying to fly this balloon over sensitive…
Beyond headlines about a Chinese surveillance balloon and the Secretary of State's canceled trip to Beijing lies the broader relationship between the world's largest economies. Nick Schifrin spoke with two leaders of the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition…
Ukraine’s government launched its most aggressive anti-corruption efforts since Russia’s invasion. A well-known billionaire and six former defense ministry officials are among dozens of officials targeted. That internal battle comes as the frontline with Russia heats up. Nick Schifrin spoke…
For the first time in nearly eight years, a cabinet member has visited Somalia. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s trip to Mogadishu comes as the region faces one of the world’s most acute humanitarian crises, caused primarily by…
After days of bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians, and reported Israeli airstrikes in Iran, Secretary of State Tony Blinken became the latest high-ranking American official to travel to Israel. As Nick Schifrin reports, Blinken is trying to keep a lid…
Thursday was the deadliest day in the occupied West Bank in two decades. Israeli forces raided Jenin and killed 9 people. In response, the Palestinian Authority cut security coordination with Israel. There were also reports of rocket fire into Israel…
The U.S. officially announced it will send American tanks to Ukraine as part of a coordinated effort with Germany, which will also send its tanks. It’s a shift in U.S. policy and one of the most significant weapons upgrades that…
A former senior FBI official will appear in a federal court, but not as an investigator or a government witness. Charlie McGonigal is charged with hiding $225,000 he received from a former Albanian intelligence officer while he was still with…
In New York, arguments began in the case of the highest-ranking Mexican official to ever stand trial in the U.S. Prosecutors say the very man responsible for working with the U.S. to enforce the war on drugs, Genaro García Luna,…
Ukraine is still battling through a winter of war and still appealing for tanks to help turn the tide against the Russians. The U.S. and dozens of other countries wrestled with that question for more than five hours at a…
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