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 Oct 01How a question about pride ended an interview in China
In China, finding ways for officials to open up felt like finding blue sky through Beijing smog.
World Sep 28Impact of U.S.-China trade war felt in both countries
For decades, the world's two largest economies — the U.S. and China — have been integrated. But the Trump administration is now trying to undo that, as an escalating trade war impacts consumers and businesses in both countries. NewsHour's Nick…
World Sep 27China’s massive Belt and Road initiative builds global infrastructure — and influence
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the most expensive infrastructure project in history. Chinese companies are constructing roads, pipelines and railroads across the globe. But they are also building China’s influence, and critics in the U.S. and Asia worry Belt…
World Sep 26How President Xi Jinping is transforming China at home and abroad
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s philosophy has been written into the country’s constitution. He has sought to raise the standard of living at home, while boosting China’s power and influence across the globe. But critics accuse him of consolidating power and…
World Jul 23Former Maduro intelligence chief on why Guaido’s revolt failed
Venezuela is facing an economic crisis, with residents suffering shortages of electricity, food, gas and medicine. Its political fate is also unclear, as U.S.-backed Juan Guaido challenges President Nicolas Maduro. So far, Maduro has clung to power -- but some…
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.