Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

NPR correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is most at home when she's on the move. Born in London, the journalist has lived in the United States, Colombia, Afghanistan, Israel and Mexico City. She currently covers the Middle East for NPR, and is based in Jerusalem.

After covering Iraq as NPR News' Baghdad Bureau Chief since February 2008, Garcia-Navarro made another move: relocating to Israel in April 2009 to become NPR's correspondent based in Jerusalem.

Prior to reporting from Baghdad, Garcia-Navarro spent three years as NPR's foreign correspondent in Mexico City, reporting from that region as well as on special assignments abroad. Her depth of reporting brought an insider's cultivated perspective to a territory that also embraces her family's roots (incidentally, her parents are from the region).

Garcia-Navarro got her start in journalism as a freelancer with the BBC World Service and Voice of America, reporting from Cuba, Syria, Panama and Europe. She later became a producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) before transitioning to AP Radio. While there, Garcia-Navarro covered post-Sept. 11 events in Afghanistan and developments in Jerusalem. From 2002 to 2004, she was based in Iraq.

Why journalism? Garcia-Navarro says that she likes "to tell people's stories, to make their lives real and vivid," adding that it's "an important job and I love doing it."

Garcia-Navarro holds a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University and an M.A. in journalism from City University in London. She was the recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize in 2006 for a two-part series "Migrants' Job Search Empties Mexican Community," and also shared in two awards honoring NPR News' Iraq reporting: a Peabody Award in 2005, and a 2007 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award.

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3:00pm

Sun May 1, 2011
Africa

Embassies Attacked After Gadhafi Son's Reported Death

The British and Italian embassies in Tripoli were burned and ransacked Sunday after the Libyan government said a NATO missile strike killed the son of leader Moammar Gadhafi.

12:01am

Fri April 29, 2011
Africa

In Egypt, Libyan Refugees Find Tough Conditions

The refugee crisis brought on by the Libyan uprising has not abated: Hundreds of thousand of migrant workers have fled the fighting in eastern and western Libya, and some of them are still stuck in limbo.

On the Egyptian side of the Libya-Egypt border, buildings that used to be customs halls are now makeshift accommodation centers. Children and women sleep; scores of young African children play. Women sit in small groups surrounded by huge bundles of bags. Some of the people have been here for months.

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4:00am

Fri April 15, 2011
Africa

NATO Steps Up Bombing Campaign In Tripoli

There were more NATO air strikes on targets in the Libyan capital Tripoli Thursday. Libyan officials immediately reported damage to civilian installations. But an official tour of the bombing sites for journalists did not go as the government planned.

5:00pm

Thu April 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi Spokesman Belts Out His Version Of 'Zenga Zenga'

We were wondering if the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, where journalists and their government minders are trapped together, could get any weirder.

Well it can.

We returned today from a government-organized trip to see purported damage from NATO air strikes. When we got to the hotel, we came upon a musical troupe in the lobby. They were fiddling and singing a pro-Moammar Gadhafi version of the Zenga Zenga song.

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7:01am

Tue April 12, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Libyan Woman Tells Her Story Of Rape, Uncensored

More than two weeks ago, Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and told assembled journalists there that she had been gang-raped by members of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after being stopped at a checkpoint in the capital.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro snuck out of her guarded hotel Monday with another reporter and went to visit Obeidi at her home. They were the first reporters to independently speak with her in person. Because journalists are unable to report freely in Tripoli, NPR cannot verify her claims.

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4:00am

Mon April 11, 2011
Africa

Libya Update

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Leaders of the African Union are hoping to broker a peace deal in Libya. The group is in eastern Libya today to negotiate with the rebel leadership. They've also met with Moammar Gadhafi, and they say he's agreed to their roadmap to end the fighting with rebels. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has this report from the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Conflict In Libya

In Libyan Town Of Zawiya, Divisions Run Deep

As fighting rages around the Libyan oil port of Brega, it's becoming increasingly clear that a military stalemate has developed between the eastern and western parts of the country. Some observers are beginning to predict that Libya could eventually be partitioned.

But in the western city of Zawiya, those aren't the only ruptures the country is facing as Moammar Gadhafi clings to power.

'Everything Is OK'

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4:00am

Tue March 29, 2011
Africa

Libya Latest

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who's in Tripoli, about the latest developments in Libya.

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