NPR: Carrie Kahn

Carrie Kahn is NPR's international correspondent based in Mexico City, Mexico. She covers Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Kahn's reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning news programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Prior to her post in Mexico Kahn had been a National Correspondent based in Los Angeles since joining NPR in 2003. During that time Kahn often reported on and from Mexico, most recently covering the country's presidential election in 2012. She was the first NPR reporter into Haiti after the devastating earthquake in early 2010, and has returned to the country six times in the two years since to detail recovery and relief efforts, and the political climate.

Her work included assignments throughout California and the West. In 2010 Kahn was awarded the Headliner Award for Best in Show and Best Investigative Story for her work covering U.S. informants involved in the Mexican Drug War. In 2005, Kahn was part of NPR's extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, where she investigated claims of euthanasia in New Orleans hospitals, recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast and resettlement of city residents in Houston, TX. She has covered her share of hurricanes since, fire storms and mudslides in Southern California and the controversial life and death of pop-icon Michael Jackson. In 2008, as China hosted the world's athletes, Kahn recorded a remembrance of her Jewish grandfather and his decision to compete in Hitler's 1936 Olympics.

Before coming to NPR in 2003, Kahn worked for 2 1/2 years at NPR station KQED in San Francisco, first as an editor and then as a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration reporting. From 1994 to 2001, Kahn was the border and community affairs reporter at NPR station KPBS in San Diego, where she covered Northern Mexico, immigration, cross-border issues and the city's ethnic communities.

While at KPBS, Kahn received numerous awards, including back-to-back Sol Price Awards for Responsible Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. She won the California/Nevada Associated Press award for Best News Feature, eight Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California and numerous prizes from the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists of San Diego. She was also awarded three consecutive La Pluma Awards from the California Chicano News Media Association.

Prior to joining KPBS, Kahn worked for NPR station KUSP and published a bilingual community newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA.

Kahn is frequently called upon to lecture or discuss border issues and bi-national journalism. Her work has been cited for fairness and balance by the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. She was awarded and completed a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University.

Kahn received a Bachelors degree from UC Santa Cruz in Biology. For several years she was a human genetics researcher in California and in Costa Rica. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, Europe and the Middle East, where she worked on a English/Hebrew/Arabic magazine.



Thu June 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Feds Crack Down On Immigration Scam Artists

Federal authorities have launched a nationwide crack down on scam artists who prey on immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens. Officials say the problem is growing.

Con artists promise to help illegal immigrants stay in the country legally but in the end leave, the people penniless and in more trouble with the immigration service.

Lots of friends told Guatemalan immigrant Catalina Alvarado to go see an immigration lawyer near her home in Hollywood, Calif. They told her he works magic and would get her a work permit and even a green card.

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Thu June 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Calif. Could Make The Dream Act A Reality

California could give state-funded financial aid to undocumented immigrants in college. The bill, called the California Dream Act, is working its way through the state legislature. Proponents say kids who came here illegally shouldn't be punished for their parents' decisions. Opponents say that California can't afford the benefit and that it will only lead to more illegal immigration.


Wed June 1, 2011

Obama Nominates Bryson For Commerce Secretary

John Bryson is the former chairman and chief executive of energy company Edison International. He also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and served on a United Nations advisory group on energy and climate change.


Wed May 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Vicksburg, Miss., Still Waiting For River To Crest

Hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of farmland remain underwater in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The high water is set to crest at the Mississippi river town tomorrow. But it will take weeks for the river to recede and much longer for residents and farmers to recoup their losses.


Sun May 15, 2011
Around the Nation

In Mississippi Town, Residents Watch Rising Waters

Thousands of homes and farms in Mississippi remain underwater, and residents are bracing for the river's crest later in the week.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace checks the depth meter on his small boat motoring through a flooded neighborhood in Vicksburg. The reading: 71/2 feet.

Pace and his deputies patrol this and other inundated parts of town, making sure looters stay out. He points to the top of street signs that stick out of the water: Mary's Alley and Williams Street.

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Thu May 5, 2011

Warner Bros. To Buy Flixster

Warner Brothers has announced it is buying the popular movie site Flixster and its subsidiary Rotten Tomatoes. The movie studio is hoping the purchase will help it in its quest to rescue DVD sales and better compete against Netflix.


Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Military Families Relieved Bin Laden's Dead



Let's hear what some members of the military and their families are thinking about the death of Osama bin Laden. Some are feeling proud, others excited, others relieved, and still others worried. There's still a lot of concern about friends and loved ones in harm's way. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

CARRIE KAHN: It's a pretty typical day in Laura Crawford's house on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base just north of San Diego. She's just put her four year old son down for a nap and is now feeding her 15 month old twin girls.

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