Philip Reeves

Philip Reeves is an award-winning veteran international correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Previous to his current role, he covered Europe out of NPR's bureau in London.

Reeves has spent two decades working as a journalist overseas, reporting from a wide range of places including the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Asia.

A member of the NPR team that won highly prestigious Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University and George Foster Peabody awards for coverage of the conflict in Iraq, Reeves has been honored several times by the South Asian Journalists Association.

In 2010, Reeves moved to London from New Delhi after a stint of more than seven years working in and around South Asia. He traveled widely in India, taking listeners on voyages along the Ganges River and the ancient Grand Trunk Road. He also made numerous trips to cover unrest and political turmoil in Pakistan.

Reeves joined NPR in 2004, after spending 17 years as a correspondent for the British daily newspaper, The Independent. During the early stages of his career, he worked for BBC radio and television after training on the Bath Chronicle newspaper in western Britain.

Over the years, Reeves has covered a wide range of stories - from the Waco siege, to the growth of the Internet, Boris Yeltsin's erratic presidency, the economic rise of India, and conflicts in Gaza and the West Bank, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Graduating from Cambridge University, Reeves earned a degree in English literature. He and his wife have one daughter. His family originates from New Zealand.

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3:35pm

Fri March 30, 2012
The Two-Way

One Of Britain's Most Tenacious Pugilists Returns To Parliament

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 12:06 pm

British politician George Galloway celebrated today after winning the Bradford West by-election in northern England.
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Those in Britain who complain that their politicians tend to be mealy-mouthed mediocrities who spend their lives battling over the middle ground are being compelled to think again.

One of the country's most fiesty political brawlers, George Galloway, has once again sprung back into the political ring by unexpectedly securing a return to parliament, long after most pundits had written him off.

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1:40pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Stricken Soccer Player Fabrice Muamba Continues Recovery

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 1:56 pm

Fabrice Muamba of the Bolton Wanderers during last Saturday's game against Tottenham Hotspur in London, before his collapse.
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There is good news to report on Fabrice Muamba, the soccer player in Britain who went into cardiac arrest during a big game last Saturday in London.

Muamba, a 23-year-old from Congo, collapsed on the field as his team, Bolton, was playing English Premier League rival Tottenham. The Bolton club doctor, Jonathan Tobin, says the stricken player failed to respond to multiple defibrillator shocks, and that 78 minutes elapsed before Muamba's heart started beating on its own again.

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4:43am

Wed March 21, 2012
Reporter's Notebook

A Nation Stands Together For A Fallen Soccer Player

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 8:43 pm

Blackburn Rovers players wear T-shirts in support of Bolton Wanderers' midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
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Last weekend, English soccer fans were looking forward to a sporting feast. They ended up taking part in a nationwide communal vigil, focused on an African player's fight for life.

Something extraordinary is happening here.

It started in a sports stadium in London on Saturday. A big crowd had gathered there to watch two English teams, Tottenham and Bolton, do battle in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

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8:00am

Sat February 18, 2012
NPR Story

Mortgage Woes Pock Irish Landscape

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Many lives are being turned completely upside down by the eurozone crisis. That's especially true in Ireland, where they're still clearing up the mess left when the property bubble burst. Thousands of homes lie empty and unsold. And as NPR's Philip Reeves reports, some people have been left with colossal debts.

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Step, for a minute, into the strange world of Jill Godsil. She lives among the farms and villages and rolling hills of Ireland's Wicklow County. The countryside's spectacular.

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4:00am

Wed February 15, 2012
Europe

Financial Crisis Takes A Toll On Greece's Aesthetics

The Greece debt crisis has forced the country to look to the eurozone for a bailout. But Greece is looking less and less like part of Europe. In the capital Athens, they are still cleaning up from the weekend riots. Even in its tourist precincts, the area is shabby and covered with graffiti.

3:00pm

Fri December 9, 2011
NPR Story

Britain Skeptical About Euro

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 6:12 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

More insular than ever - so says the French newspaper Le Mon, and it was referring to Britain and that country's decision not to join the effort to forge a new European pact. Today, nearly every European leader expressed support for that pact, but not the British prime minister, David Cameron. NPR's Philip Reeves explains.

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10:42am

Wed November 30, 2011
Europe

Scores Of British Workers Protest Austerity Measures

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the Occupy protests have focused on economic issues, which are also motivating a massive strike in Britain today. It is being described as the largest national strike in a generation. It is estimated that as many as 2 million public sector workers may be taking part, the latest in a wave of protests over austerity measures.

NPR's Philip Reeves is covering that story in London. And Philip, where are you?

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4:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
Europe

Desperate Young Briton Looks For Work In Hull

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 11:48 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing a lot about the economic meltdown affecting a string of European countries, and the sort of tough austerity measures that they're now facing. Britain was among the first to embrace a tough austerity program. And now, the economy is stalled. Unemployment is going up. Young people are hit hardest of all - one in five is now out of work. NPR's Philip Reeves spent a day with one of those jobless Britons, a young man named Dean Smith.

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3:00pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Europe

Occupy London Causes Havoc In Church Of England

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:40 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

GUY RAZ, HOST:

And I'm Guy Raz.

The British consider St. Paul's Cathedral a national treasure. The marriage of Charles and Diana took place there, as did Churchill's funeral. These days, though, the London landmark is also the backdrop for another kind of drama- a protest camp modeled on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

NPR's Philip Reeves says it's causing upheaval in the heart of British society.

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3:00pm

Fri October 21, 2011
NPR Story

French Appear Unfazed By Financial Troubles

The French never let a crisis spoil a weekend — as you can tell. As the working week draws to a close in a cafe off the Champs-Elysee in Paris, there's a mood of keen anticipation. The wine's flowing with extra velocity. The French are preparing for two days of sports, food and family fun. They seem unperturbed by, or perhaps unaware of, the fact that their fate depends on what happens this weekend and the days that follow. If things go wrong, life won't be much fun any more.

4:52pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Europe

Malta Passes Measure To Expand Bailout Fund

The parliament in Malta passed a controversial measure to expand Europe's bailout fund late on Monday. But to many young people in the tiny Mediterranean island nation, the question was never really in doubt. Despite all its economic problems, they see their future in the eurozone.

7:02am

Thu October 6, 2011
Europe

How Belgium Mirrors Europe's Economic Divide

Belgium has spent 16 months struggling to form a federal government. Observers say that issue is a microcosm of the financial crisis that has hit the eurozone.

4:00am

Tue September 27, 2011
World

Eurozone's Looming Financial Crisis

For a long time, much of the world saw the eurozone sovereign debt crisis as Europe's problem. Now world leaders, including the United States, realize a eurozone meltdown could have dire consequences for everyone. They are working up a massive rescue plan whose contours are beginning to emerge. Although Britain does not use the euro, that nation's politicians are using their party conventions to issue dire warnings about the euro's fate. And one eminent economist is proposing a novel solution to limit the impact of the European debt crisis.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

What Would A Greek Default Mean To Europe?

Financial analysts speculate that Greece will default on some, or all, of its national debt. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the likely international impact of such a default, particularly if Greece is forced to leave the group of countries using the euro currency.

4:00am

Thu September 15, 2011
Europe

Eurozone Crisis Threatens To Destroy European Union

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 6:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, host: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Pressure is growing on European leaders to do something they've made it really, really plain they hate to do.

GREENE: For all the billions they've committed to propping up the Greek economy, it may still not be enough, and Greece's trouble has led to questions about Italy and even France.

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4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
World

Greenlanders Divided On Arctic Oil, Gas Exploration

This week we are looking at the fast-changing region of the Arctic, which is believed to have vast oil and gas reserves — and other mineral riches, too. Mineral companies are looking for them, and the region's people are watching anxiously — wondering what change we'll mean for them.

6:27am

Tue August 9, 2011
Europe

London Faces 3 Straight Nights Of Arson, Looting

London saw the worst violence and disorder in decades Monday night. It was the third night of unrest in that city. Trouble is also spreading to other parts of Britain – to Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol. Prime Minister David Cameron has cut short his vacation in Italy to try to deal with the crisis.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Europe

Cameron Defends Integrity Before British Parliament

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to defend his integrity Wednesday as Parliament debated the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World. The opposition wanted to know why Cameron had hired a former editor at the newspaper as his media adviser — a man who left the paper because of the scandal and who has since been arrested by police. Cameron defended his decision and refused to apologize amid rowdy scenes in the House of Commons.

2:10pm

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Iceland: Land Of Stark Beauty And, Lately, A Run Of Bad Luck

A bird's eye view on the flight from Iceland to Greenland.
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NPR correspondents are gathering material for a summer series about the Arctic. The race has begun to exploit the far north's potentially vast deposits of oil and gas. They're reporting on the impact of the work being done there.

Philip Reeves this week set off for Greenland and filed these notes about his journey, which included a stop-over in Iceland.

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7:11am

Fri June 3, 2011
Europe

Mladic Doesn't Enter Plea At War Crimes Tribunal

Ratko Mladic, the former Serbian commander accused of genocide, has appeared for the first time before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague. It was a preliminary hearing, and Mladic declined to enter a plea.

3:00pm

Thu June 2, 2011
Science

Rare Form Of E. Coli To Blame For Outbreak

The E. coli story is boiling up, with the CDC saying the outbreak is being caused by a rare strain of the bacteria. The Russians have seized on it as an opportunity for some nationalist chest-thumping, imposing a complete ban on European Union raw vegetables The Germans admit they have no idea of the source. At least 18 people are dead.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sports

Corruption Accusations Swirl Around Soccer's FIFA

World soccer's governing body has been besieged with allegations of corruption. FIFA's president has been cleared of wrongdoing, but others weren't so lucky. Now there are accusations that Qatar bought the rights to host the 2022 World Cup.

4:00am

Mon May 16, 2011
Middle East

Israeli troops Clash With Protesters

More than a dozen people were killed Sunday as Israeli troops clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders, including the frontier with Syria. The violence came amid a wave of demonstrations marking a Palestinian day of mourning for their defeat at Israel's hands in 1948.

3:00pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Middle East

After Agreement, Palestinians Feel Stirrings Of Hope

The reconciliation agreement between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas is already having an impact in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. After a childhood dominated by misery and war, Yusef Ali is finally daring to hope. The winds of change that came with the Arab spring have swept into the benighted pocket of coastal desert in which he's been trapped for his whole life. Ali's only 27, yet he's spent the last four years living like a pensioner. He's been paid — but he's banned from working, because he's a soldier in the Palestinian Presidential Guard.

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4:00am

Fri April 29, 2011
Europe

Kate Middleton To Marry Her Prince

Britain's royal wedding has been planned like a military operation. Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Philip Reeves, who is monitoring the ceremony.

4:00am

Wed April 27, 2011
Europe

England's Las Vegas Awaits Royal Wedding Day

Britain's Royal Wedding is the biggest national celebration in 30 years. Prince William marries Kate Middleton on Friday and the British are planning a big party. Blackpool is in England's north, and residents there embrace a good party.

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