Julie McCarthy

Julie McCarthy has traveled the world as a foreign correspondent for NPR, heading NPR's Tokyo bureau, reporting from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and covering the news and issues of South America. In April 2009, McCarthy moved to Islamabad to open NPR's first permanent bureau in Pakistan.

Before moving to Islamabad, McCarthy was NPR's South America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. McCarthy covered the Middle East for NPR from 2002 to 2005, when she was dispatched to report on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank.

Previously, McCarthy was the London Bureau Chief for NPR, a position that frequently took her far from her post to cover stories that span the globe. She spent five weeks in Iran during the war in Afghanistan, covered the re-election of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and traveled to the Indian island nation of Madagascar to report on the political and ecological developments there. Following the terror attacks on the United States, McCarthy was the lead reporter assigned to investigate al Qaeda in Europe.

In 1994, McCarthy became the first staff correspondent to head NPR's Tokyo bureau. She covered a range of stories in Japan with distinction, including the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the turmoil over U.S. troops on Okinawa. Her coverage of Japan won the East-West Center's Mary Morgan Hewett Award for the Advancement of Journalism.

McCarthy has also traveled extensively throughout Asia. Her coverage of the Asian economic crisis earned her the 1998 Overseas Press Club of America Award. She arrived in Indonesia weeks before the fall of Asia's longest-running ruler and chronicled a nation in chaos as President Suharto stepped from power.

Prior to her assignment in Asia, McCarthy was the foreign editor for Europe and Africa. She served as the Senior Washington Editor during the Persian Gulf War; NPR was honored with a Silver Baton in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for its coverage of that conflict. McCarthy was awarded a Peabody, two additional Overseas Press Club Awards and the Ohio State Award in her capacity as European and African Editor.

McCarthy was selected to spend the 2002-2003 academic year at Stanford University, winning a place in the Knight Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1994, she was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii in 1994



Sun August 14, 2011

No Claims For American's Abduction In Pakistan

The whereabouts of an American development expert are still unknown 24 hours after he was abducted by a group of armed men in Pakistan. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports on the abduction of Warren Weinstein, who was within days of leaving the country when he was kidnapped Saturday during a brazen early morning raid on his home.


Wed August 10, 2011
Global Health

In Pakistan, Birth Control And Religion Clash

Tariq Ahmed, a jobless father of six sons and one daughter, insisted on having another child. His wife, Rani Tariq, said she was already ill and over-burdened with seven children. But she's pregnant again.
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In Pakistan, family planning is an uncomfortable topic fraught with religious overtones.

But in one of Asia's fastest growing populations, a story of women giving birth challenges stereotypes, including what Islam has to say about women's health and family planning.

According to a new government survey, Pakistan is producing nearly 4 million babies every year, and most are born into poverty. The World Bank says 60 percent of Pakistanis live on less than $2 a day.

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Mon July 25, 2011

Pakistan Bids To Change The Minds Of Swat Radicals

Nearly 200 boys aged 12 to 17 are residents at Sabaoon, meaning "New Dawn." The Lahore-based NGO Hum Foundation runs the project with funding from UNICEF and support and security from the Pakistan army.
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Pakistan's army is deploying alternative methods to deal with the menace of militants.

The same Pakistani army that crushed the Taliban extremists two years ago in the Swat Valley is trying to deradicalize some 200 young militants from that conflict. Doctors, teachers and psychologists are taking up the challenge.

Speaking in Swat, Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani told a first-of-its-kind conference on the subject, "There is no military solution to terrorism."

Access to the young men is extremely limited.

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Thu June 30, 2011

Clashes Rage In Pakistan's Baluchistan Province

While Pakistan battles an Islamist militancy that seeks to overthrow the state, another lesser-known conflict rages on its soil. In the southwest province of Baluchistan, separatist fighters are clashing with security forces and killing anyone they see as the enemy.


Tue June 21, 2011

Journalist's Killing Unites Pakistan's Media

Saleem Shahzad is the latest journalist to be killed in Pakistan. Over the last 18 months, at least 16 journalists have been killed there. Last week, other members of the media held a 24-hour sit-in across from Parliament to say the killers of Shahzad would be uncovered regardless of where the trail leads.


Wed June 15, 2011

Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants Tied To Bin Laden Raid

Pakistanis who fed information to the CIA in advance of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound have been arrested by Pakistan's intelligence agency. While people have been taken into custody, there are differing reports about who they are.


Mon May 16, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

John Kerry Visits Pakistan With List Of Demands

John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the first American emissary to visit Pakistan since the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He is known to be a friend of Pakistan, and what he is told by Pakistani army and civilian leaders could be key to American policy going forward. Kerry arrived late Sunday and went quickly to see army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, handing him the list of U.S. demands.


Sat May 14, 2011

Pakistan Grills Army But Still Condemns U.S.

Pakistan's parliament unanimously approved a resolution condemning the U.S. Bin Laden mission as a "violation of Pakistan's sovereignty" on Saturday, calling to review the country's "terms of engagement with the United States." It warned Pakistan could cut supply lines to American forces in Afghanistan if there were more such attacks.

The Parliament also said all U.S. drones attacks "must be stopped forthwith."

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Thu May 12, 2011

Pakistan Update

Most Pakistanis say it is inconceivable that the army chief of staff and the head of intelligence knew that Osama bin Laden was hiding in the country.


Wed May 4, 2011

Pakistan: Bin Laden Raid Must Not Serve As Precedent

Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR's Julie McCarthy in Islamabad about Pakistan's reaction to the U.S. led operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.


Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Neighbors Didn't Question Pakistani Compound



The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed has been sealed off since yesterday by Pakistani troops. News reporters were kept several hundred yards from the building until just a short time ago.

NPR's Julie McCarthy managed to reach the outer perimeter of the compound. After spending the day speaking with neighbors, she joins us now.

Julie, can you tell us what you're seeing?

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Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

Bin Laden Raid Targeted Islamabad Suburb

Helicopters descended on a fortified compound in a wealthy Islamabad suburb and a small contingent of the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in a raid.


Thu April 21, 2011

Pakistan Frees All But 1 Accused In Gang Rape

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the acquittal of five of the six men accused in the gang rape of Mukhtar Mai. The Pakistani woman refused to remain silent about the crime committed in 2002 and won international acclaim for her courage.

It was the first time in conservative Pakistan that a woman had gone public about rape.

The Supreme Court's acquittal stunned the victim, who also goes by Mukhtar Bibi. She had successfully challenged her attackers in court, and in doing so, became a symbol of hope for oppressed and violated women.

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Thu April 21, 2011

U.S. Tries To Mend Pakistani Relations

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on a delicate mission to Pakistan. With relations already frayed over the Raymond Davis case and U.S. drone attacks near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, Mullen shot back with his own specific complaints about the relationship between Pakistan's spy agency and one of the main Afghan insurgent groups.


Thu April 7, 2011
Music News

Music In The Time Of Extremism

In Pakistan, radical clerics have unleashed a religious fervor that is chilling secular voices and diminishing free speech.

Two high profile murders — the governor of the Punjab, Salman Taseer, in January, and the only Christian Cabinet minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, in March — have people from the political class to the artistic community feeling the pressure of the religious right.

We sat down with two flourishing female musicians from Lahore for their insights into making music in the time of extremism.

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