Kelly McEvers

After many years in the Middle East, Kelly McEvers is back home and working as a national correspondent based at NPR West. She previously ran NPR's Beirut bureau, where she earned a George Foster Peabody award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award, a Gracie award, and an Overseas Press Club mention for her 2012 coverage of the Syrian conflict. She recently made a radio documentary about being a war correspondent with renowned radio producer Jay Allison of Transom.org.

In 2011, she traveled undercover to follow Arab uprisings in places where brutal crackdowns followed the early euphoria of protests. She has been tear-gassed in Bahrain; she has spent a night in a tent city with a Yemeni woman who would later share the Nobel Peace Prize; and she spent weeks inside Syria with anti-government rebels known as the Free Syrian Army.

In Iraq, she covered the final withdrawal of U.S. troops and the political chaos that gripped the country afterward. Before arriving in Iraq in 2010, McEvers was one of the first Western correspondents to be based, full-time, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 2008 and 2009, McEvers was part of a team that produced the award-winning "Working" series for American Public Media's business and finance show, Marketplace. She profiled a war fixer in Beirut, a smuggler in Dubai, a sex-worker in Baku, a pirate in the Strait of Malacca and a marriage broker in Vietnam.

She previously covered the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia as a freelancer for NPR and other outlets. She started her journalism career in 1997 at the Chicago Tribune, where she worked as a metro reporter and documented the lives of female gang members for the Sunday magazine.

Her writing also has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has aired on This American Life, The World, and the BBC. She's taught radio and journalism in the U.S. and abroad.

She lives with her family in California, where she's still very bad at surfing.

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4:00pm

Mon February 16, 2015
Technology

Quiz Time! Take A Guess At These Presidential Tech Firsts

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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President Obama was at Stanford University last Friday where he headlined the first White House Cybersecurity Summit.

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5:22am

Tue February 3, 2015
Starting Over

Workers Should Be Prepared To Start Over In New Jobs, Stats Show

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 12:27 pm

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5:18am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Family's Long Fight With Pentagon Returns Name To Unknown Soldier

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:27 pm

Arthur H. "Bud" Kelder (left) died in World War II.
Courtesy of the Kelder family

The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year — have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

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5:57pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Goats and Soda

One Village's Story: How Ebola Began And How It Ends

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:37 pm

Each day, a nurse comes to this clearing outside Taylortown, Liberia, to sing a song of mourning, preparing the space for the next burial. So far nearly 100 people are interred here.
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There's a clearing in the jungle in central Liberia that now serves as an Ebola burial ground. Every day, a woman who works as a nurse in the nearby Ebola treatment unit, or ETU, changes from her scrubs into traditional dress, walks into that clearing and sings a song of mourning.

The song is meant to prepare the space for the dead. There is a burial every day. So far, nearly 100 people have been buried in this clearing. Sixteen are from one village about 45 minutes away, a place called Taylortown, or Taylata in the local dialect.

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5:59pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:31 pm

A helicopter's eye view of a new ETU, funded by USAID and built by Save the Children.
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The Ebola outbreak started in rural areas, but by June it had reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

By August, the number of people contracting the Ebola virus in the country was doubling every week. The Liberian government and aid workers begged for help.

Enter the U.S. military, who along with other U.S. agencies had a clear plan in mid-September to build more Ebola treatment units, or ETUs. At least one would be built in the major town of each of Liberia's 15 counties. That way, sick patients in those counties wouldn't bring more Ebola to the capital.

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3:51am

Tue November 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 9:47 am

A hand-drawn map on the wall of a rural clinic shows health workers where a woman with Ebola may be hiding.
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There's a new phase of Ebola in Liberia. Epidemiologists call it pingponging.

Back in March, the disease was found in the rural areas. Then as people came to the capital to seek care, it started growing exponentially there. Now, some sick people are going back to their villages, and the disease has pingponged to the rural areas again.

So that's where we're headed — into the hot, thick jungle of Liberia to investigate a new Ebola hotspot.

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5:26am

Thu October 30, 2014
Business

LA Manufacturing Industry Still Supported By Garment Workers

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:42 am

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5:45pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:45 am

Caltech biochemical engineer Frances Arnold was awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama in 2013.
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Don't wait to be invited or encouraged to make a career in science, engineering or technology, Frances Arnold advises the young women she teaches at the California Institute of Technology. If you're a scientist, she says, you should know how to solve a problem.

"Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem," she says. "One has to move forward."

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5:12am

Thu October 9, 2014
Business

Feds Monitor LA's Fashion District After Money Laundering Raid

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:24 pm

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7:57am

Sat October 4, 2014
Iraq

Islamic State Beheads British Aid Worker, Makes New Threat

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 1:50 pm

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