Emily Harris

International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.

Over her career, Harris has served in multiple roles within public media. She first joined NPR in 2000, as a general assignment reporter. A prolific reporter often filing two stories a day, Harris covered major stories including 9/11 and its aftermath, including the impact on the airline industry; and the anthrax attacks. She also covered how policies set in Washington are implemented across the country.

In 2002, Harris worked as a Special Correspondent on NOW with Bill Moyer, focusing on investigative storytelling. In 2003 Harris became NPR's Berlin Correspondent, covering Central and Eastern Europe. In that role, she reported regularly from Iraq, leading her to be a key member of the NPR team awarded a 2005 Peabody Award for coverage of the region.

Harris left NPR in December 2007 to become a host for a live daily program, Think Out Loud, on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Under her leadership Harris's team received three back to back Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show, and a share in OPB's 2009 Peabody Award for the series "Hard Times." Harris's other awards include the RIAS Berlin Commission's first-place radio award in 2007 and second-place in 2006. She was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University in 2005-2006.

A seasoned reporter, she was asked to help train young journalist through NPR's "Next Generation" program. She also served as editorial director for Journalism Accelerator, a project to bring journalists together to share ideas and experiences; and was a writer-in-residence teaching radio writing to high school students.

One of the aspects of her work that most intrigues her is why people change their minds and what inspires them to do so.

Outside of work, Harris has drafted a screenplay about the Iraq war and for another project is collecting stories about the most difficult parts of parenting.

She has a B.A. in Russian Studies from Yale University.

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3:05pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Goats and Soda

A Hermaphrodite Goat Could Be The Ultimate Scapegoat

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 9:23 am

The owners of this Gaza goat say it is a hermaphrodite: male private parts and an udder.
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The goat trade is a good business in Gaza. Every couple of weeks, Abdel Rahman and his business partner, Jaser Abu Said, buy half a dozen young goats imported from Israel and sell them for meat.

Last time, they got something unusual. Of the five goats they bought, for about $600 each, one was a hermaphrodite.

By all appearances, it was male, with a large build and visible male sex organs. But it also had udders. And gave milk.

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5:38pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Politics

After Reelection Win, Netanyahu Faces Demands From Right-Wing Base

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:09 pm

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7:39am

Sat March 28, 2015
The Salt

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

A Palestinian Bedouin girl milks a sheep in her family's makeshift camp in the West Bank. Herders live close to their animals, their main source of income.
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In spring, West Bank almond trees bloom white. Dry brown hills turn temporarily green and are dotted with bright wildflowers. The ewes and nanny goats of Bedouin herders that wander the West Bank eat well this time of year.

It's cheese season.

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4:49pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Politics

After Netanyahu Win, What's Next For Israel Still Unknown

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

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6:04pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Politics

Netanyahu Hopes To Win 4th Term In Israeli Election

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

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7:53am

Sun March 15, 2015
Middle East

Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 11:03 am

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1:14pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Parallels

The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 1:45 pm

The Bedouin camp has a black plastic water tank near a school built from mostly mud and tires.
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On Moshav Na'ama, a big Israeli farm in the West Bank inside the wide Jordan Valley, Inon Rosenblum raises fresh herbs for export.

He hires Palestinians to work the fields and pack the crops. The farm is 300 feet below sea level, a desert climate where irrigation is mandatory. Rosenblum won't say exactly how much water he uses, or exactly where it comes from.

"From wells," he says. "In the mountains." Then he changes the subject.

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5:24pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Politics

In Israeli Election, Arab Sportscaster Runs On Ticket Of Mainstream Jewish Party

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:07 pm

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4:36pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Politics

'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 6:55 pm

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7:51am

Thu March 5, 2015
Parallels

In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 1:58 pm

Shoppers walk through a market in downtown Jerusalem last November, shortly before Israel's coalition government collapsed. As Israel prepares for elections on March 17, the diverse population has very different notions of what the country should look like.
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Israel's March 17 election is two years earlier than it should be, thanks to the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government in December. Contributing to the breakup was an impassioned debate over whether a stronger legal emphasis on the country's Jewish character would ultimately make Israel less democratic.

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