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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4:00am

Fri August 19, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Keep Momentum Up In Zawiyah Battle

In Libya, rebel forces have made advances in their battle to unseat Moamar Gadhafi from power. After several days of fierce clashes, opposition fighters have taken the last refinery under Gadhafi's control. The coastal city of Zawiyah, 30 miles from the capital tripoli, is still being contested though.

5:43pm

Wed August 17, 2011
Conflict In Libya

As Libyan Rebels Advance, Civilians Flee The Coast

A Libyan rebel prays with his weapons in the coastal town of Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 16. The rebels have entered many parts of the town, but Moammar Gadhafi's forces are battling to prevent a full rebel takeover.
Giulio Petrocco AP

After weeks with little movement on the battlefield, the dynamic of the Libyan war has changed.

As the rebels came charging down from the Western Mountains and pushed into the important coastal town of Zawiya, they are no longer the ones who appear vulnerable.

Increasingly, Moammar Gadhafi's strongholds, including the capital Tripoli, appear isolated.

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4:42pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Conflict In Libya

In Libya, A Father And Son's Brief War

Mabruk Eshnuk (left) and his son Malik left their home in Pittsburgh to volunteer and fight with rebels in western Libya's Nafusa Mountains.
Ayman Oghanna for NPR

About a month ago, I met Mabruk and Malik Eshnuk, a father and son who had traveled from Pittsburgh to western Libya to help rebels battling forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The family originally hails from the Libyan coastal city of Zawiya, but left years ago.

Mabruk and Malik were filled with optimism when I spoke to them. Mabruk, the father, had a ready smile and a voluble manner — he spoke so quickly it was often hard to follow him.

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6:42am

Wed August 10, 2011
Africa

Libya's Defacto Government Is Being Reorganized

In Libya's rebel east, the defacto government has been disbanded in reaction to the killing of the rebel army chief of staff. It's the latest sign of political disarray and divisions in the rebel camp. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

3:25pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Rebel Leader's Death Puts Eastern Libya On Edge

Originally published on Thu August 11, 2011 1:07 pm

Libyans shout slogans at a rally in rebel-held Benghazi, in eastern Libya on July 31. The rally was held to pay respect to Abdel-Fattah Younis, the Libyan rebels' slain military chief. Now, his family, tribesmen and supporters are demanding answers from the rebel authorities about his death.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

In eastern Libya, the rebel stronghold of Benghazi is filled with tension following the murder last week of the rebels' top military commander.

Abdel-Fattah Younis was killed in mysterious circumstances. Now, members of his family and his tribe — one of the most powerful in Libya — are accusing the rebel authorities of dragging its feet in the investigation.

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12:52pm

Tue August 2, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Libyan Rebels Wage 'Mad Max' War In The Mountains

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:36 am

A Libyan rebel poses with his antique bolt-action rifle.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

The sleepy towns in the Western Mountains of Libya come to life right before the country's rebels engage in a fight with the forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The mostly deserted roads suddenly fill with pickup trucks. The rebel fighters bristle with the makeshift weapons that they rely on. The vehicles, some monster trucks, then peel off into the front lines deep in the desert, covered in dried mud that serves as camouflage.

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8:00am

Sun July 31, 2011
Africa

Ramadan Arrives In Rebel-Held Libya

There are clashes going on in the eastern rebel city of Benghazi, yet on the streets of the city, people are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Libya on the eve of the Ramada fast.

2:01pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Rebels In Western Libya Train For Move On Tripoli

Specially selected rebel fighters march through the streets of Zintan, Libya. These rebels will be trained in urban combat in anticipation of an expected move toward Tripoli.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Rebel commanders in the western mountains of Libya say they are supplying anti-government forces in Tripoli with weapons in advance of a march on the capital.

Claims like this have been made before, and there are still few signs that the rebels can take Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold city. Still, interviews with Tripoli residents who have fled to the western mountains in recent days suggest that Gadhafi's hold on the capital may be weakening.

Preparing For Urban Combat

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12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
Conflict In Libya

For Libyan Rebels, Gadhafi's Mines A Potent Obstacle

Milad Saadi clears the dirt around a brick of plastic explosive that he discovered lying on top of a T-AB-1 anti-personnel mine.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Land mines are being increasingly used in Libya by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in battlegrounds across the country. Rebels fighting for the eastern town of Brega are being stymied by minefields around the area.

In Libya's western mountains, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines are causing many casualties, but there are few mine experts to help.

On the barren front line in the village of Gualish, rebels take cover from Gadhafi forces (and the relentless sun) behind a sand berm.

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6:22am

Thu July 14, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Fight To Maintain Control Of Gualish

There's been more fighting in western Libya as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi moved to retake control of a village that fell to rebel fighters earlier this week. As news of the latest attack spread, young rebels in the mountain town of Zintan jumped into cars and trucks heading to the front. Civilians fled in the other direction to escape the bombardment.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Africa

Rebels In Libya's Western Mountains Face Shortages

Libyan rebels gather at the front line on the eastern ridge of the Nafusah Mountains in Western Libya on Sunday.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

Rebels in the Nafusa Mountains of western Libya have made substantial gains in recent weeks against forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. But the fighting has prompted a growing humanitarian crisis in this isolated region southwest of Tripoli.

Fighting across Libya has been characterized by a lack of sophisticated weapons. Pointing to a rusted rifle, a fighter on the front line of a recent battle in the mountains said it's "more than 100 years" old. "Our grandfathers before us use it in front of Italian army in 1911," he said.

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8:00am

Sat July 2, 2011
Africa

Morocco Votes To Curb The King

Moroccans have voted in favor of a series of constitutional reforms that will limit the powers held by their king. Host Scott Simon gets the details from NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Casablanca.

3:00pm

Fri July 1, 2011
Africa

Morocco Votes On Political Reforms Referendum

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Morocco's government says voters there have overwhelmingly passed a series of constitutional reforms which will set new limits on the power of the monarchy. The landslide result was widely expected. As we reported, the reforms would keep Morocco's king as the head of state and ]the military, but the head of government would be a prime minister chosen from the largest party elected to the parliament. Members of the opposition say the changes don't go far enough and are vowing to continue their protests.

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9:40am

Wed June 29, 2011
Middle East

Israel Vows To Block Flotilla From Reaching Gaza

A store owner in a Gaza City market. Israel has eased the blockade of Gaza over the past year, and more commercial goods are reaching the territory.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Activists in a small flotilla of vessels are set to again challenge Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, just a year after a similar attempt led to a deadly confrontation in the Mediterranean.

Eight ships and 300 activists — many of them from the U.S. — plan to set sail this week from Greece. They say they're trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the coastal territory and highlight the plight of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there.

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12:01am

Thu June 23, 2011
Middle East

In West Bank, Palestinian Accord Faces Challenges

A voter casts his ballot to elect the board of the largest private medical association in the West Bank city of Hebron. Out of 14 people running, seven are backed by Fatah. There isn't a single candidate running under the Hamas banner.
Jonathan Levinson For NPR

A newly minted peace deal between rival Palestinian factions is already fraying. Fatah, which rules the West Bank, and the militant group Hamas, which holds sway in Gaza, have been at odds since a civil war broke out in Gaza in 2007.

Last month, the groups signed a reconciliation agreement. The two factions were supposed to announce the composition of a unity government in Cairo this week, but the meeting was postponed following disagreements over who should assume the post of prime minister.

A Microcosmic Election?

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4:31pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Middle East

Palestinians Plan Trappings Of A State Before U.N. Bid

Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar (left) has been stamping passports in advance of a possible Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations in September. His stamp is not a valid passport mark, but a statement in support of U.N. bid. Here, he stamps a tourist's passport at the Ramallah central bus station.
Jonathan Levinson For NPR

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians are at a standstill. Palestinians say they will now take their drive for statehood to the United Nations this September.

Israel says the move violates previous agreements and is a dangerous act of unilateralism.

But on the ground, Palestinians say some of the trappings of a state are being put in place.

Using A Stamp To Send A Message

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4:00am

Mon May 9, 2011
Africa

Misrata Profile

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro profiles a council member in rebel-held Misrata, Libya. The man's father was killed recently in shelling. And, rockets keep his daughter up at night. But he says trying to establish a new government is his most important work.

3:46pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Conflict In Libya

In Libya, An Eerie Quiet On The Eastern Front

In Libya, fighting is still raging around the besieged western city of Misrata. It's also strong near the Tunisian border, where the rebel-held town of Zintan is under attack by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

But one area that has been out of the headlines recently is in the east — where the battle lines are static and neither the rebels nor Gadhafi's forces can advance.

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12:01am

Thu May 5, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Fear Rules Benghazi Amid Unexplained Shots, Blasts

Originally published on Thu May 5, 2011 8:45 pm

A Libyan rebel fires into the air while taking part in a military parade in Benghazi. Optimism in the rebel stronghold has turned to fear for some, as the crackle of shooting — celebratory, or to settle a score — has become a constant in the city.
Nasser Nasser AP

As the Libyan civil war drags on, optimism in the rebel camp for the speedy overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi has disappeared. The rebel stronghold of Benghazi is now in the grips of a different emotion — fear.

A rebel fighter's car blew up this week at a funeral. Across town, explosions and shootings are ripping through a neighborhood, but no one is exactly sure what the cause is. Families are hiding in their homes, afraid of the lawless streets.

Awad Mohammed was at his father's funeral when an explosion happened. It was crowded, and there were many mourners.

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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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