About Nick @nickschifrin
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 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.
Prior to PBS NewsHour, 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.
Schifrin is a visiting fellow at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, where he lectures and teaches a foreign policy class. He is also 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.
Nick’s Recent Stories
World Jul 15Huawei executive denies claim of ties to Chinese intelligence
For months, the Trump administration has accused Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei of being a threat to U.S. national security, warning that data could be channeled through the company’s equipment to China’s intelligence services. Huawei is effectively banned from U.S. networks.
World Apr 19In northern Africa, can the people’s discontent translate to democracy?
The demonstrations that have swept through northern Africa and ousted long-time strongmen are not yet over. Protesters in Sudan, Algeria, Libya and Mali are continuing to call for democratic reforms. Amid this moment of regional volatility, international power struggles threaten…
World Apr 185 new details in Mueller’s report about Russian election interference
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report paints a fuller picture of what he called Russia’s “sweeping and systemic” interference in American democracy, and when and how Russians communicated with Trump campaign associates.
World Apr 04Why Greece and North Macedonia’s new friendship is good news for NATO
The foreign ministers of Greece and North Macedonia sat down with the PBS NewsHour for their first-ever joint interview to talk about their newly forged friendship and why it matters.
World Mar 14Afghan official accuses U.S. envoy of undermining Taliban peace talks
Afghanistan's National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib criticized the Trump administration's handling of peace talks with the Taliban.
World Feb 28After months of buildup, Hanoi talks conclude early — with no deal
After 8,000 miles of travel and hours of high-stakes discussion, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked away from the Hanoi summit without a deal. U.S. officials said that while North Korea agreed to reduce its nuclear…
World Feb 27What Trump’s personal relationship with Kim Jong Un means for U.S. policy
Last June, President Trump called his first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a new chapter in the historically adversarial relationship between the two nations. Since then, American policy toward North Korea has evolved from demanding complete denuclearization…
World Feb 26Can U.S. post-war relationship with Vietnam serve as a model for North Korea?
In Vietnam, President Trump is preparing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- and the summit's location isn't a mere coincidence. Indeed, U.S. officials are touting the rapprochement and economic ties that now exist between the U.S.
Nation Jan 24Family of American grandfather imprisoned in Syria asks Trump for help
The family of an American who disappeared in Syria two years ago is going public with their story, hoping to persuade President Trump to intervene. American citizen Majd Kamalmaz came to the U.S. as a child. He dedicated much of…
World Oct 22Will pressure on the Saudi crown prince impact the humanitarian crisis in Yemen?
Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder has put a spotlight on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But it isn’t the first time. He also leads the coalition waging war in Yemen. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson smuggled herself into a rebel-held area…