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
Politics Aug 28From Yemen to Europe, White House foreign policy is in the spotlight
Secretary of Defense James Mattis held a rare, on-camera press briefing today, fielding questions on Yemen, North Korea and the trans-Atlantic alliance. In Europe, meanwhile, top leaders voiced renewed concern about the outlook for their relationship with the U.S. Foreign…
Nation Aug 13What’s in the defense authorization act?
President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign the bill around 2:30 p.. ET in Fort Drum, New York. Watch live here.
World Aug 06John Bolton: North Korea has not ‘taken effective steps’ to denuclearize
National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday criticized North Korea’s denuclearization efforts, saying leader Kim Jong Un was not living up to the commitment he made to President Donald Trump at their June meeting in Singapore. Bolton talks with Nick…
World Aug 02Putin’s Russia
Correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin take us inside Vladimir Putin's Russia, with an in-depth look at the resurgent national identity, the government's propaganda machine, the risk of being a Kremlin critic and much more.
World Jul 30Nicaraguan protesters under siege for demanding democratic reform
Political protests have raged across Nicaragua for more than three months against the government of Daniel Ortega, accused of being a dictator. More than 300 people have since died in street battles, and the Catholic Church has taken the protestors'…
World Jul 26Pakistan populist Imran Khan claims election victory amid fraud allegations
Imran Khan is one of Pakistan's most famous men and the likely next prime minister. He says his victory is the end of the dynastic cronyism that's dominated Pakistani politics and its two main parties. But his opponents instead see…
Politics Jul 25‘Fear not,’ Pompeo reassures as senators raise foreign policy concerns
Two months, two summits, two mysteries: What did President Trump promise in his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to defend the…
World Jul 20Iraq and Afghan war vets exposed to toxic air struggle for breath — and a diagnosis
Among the more than 2.5 million men and women who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are many veterans -- exposed to sandstorms, burn pits and other hazards -- who suffer from a mysterious pulmonary illness,…
World Jul 02Elected by a landslide, can Mexico’s López Obrador deliver on dramatic promises?
Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador beat his two main rivals by double digits in Sunday's election, cementing a strong mandate in a country that has spoken up for change. Nick Schifrin reports from Mexico City about why the public…
World Jun 29Tapping national rage, Mexican election frontrunner promises to overturn the system
Mexicans go to the polls Sunday for the largest election in the country’s history. But despite Mexico's tense relationship with President Trump, the campaign there has focused almost entirely on domestic issues and anger at Mexican politicians. Nick Schifrin reports.