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Nick Schifrin

PBS Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent, American Journalist

Nick Schifrin is PBS NewsHour’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent. He leads NewsHour’s daily foreign coverage, including multiple trips to Ukraine since the full-scale invasion, and has created weeklong series for the NewsHour from nearly a dozen countries. The series “Inside Putin’s Russia” won a Peabody Award and the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. In 2020, Schifrin received the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs. Prior to PBS NewsHour, Schifrin was Al Jazeera America’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem, and ABC News’ correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has reported from more than 40 countries and territories.

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Peabody Award-winning journalist Nick Schifrin has made four trips to Ukraine since the full-scale invasion, and has reported from Russia, China, and 40 other countries. In this speech, Schifrin will share his insights into the flashpoints that are shaping the global landscape. From the war in Ukraine, to China’s role in international affairs, to the intelligence leaks that are roiling American foreign policy, Schifrin will take audiences inside the most important international developments.

Having covered war and conflict for years, Nick Schifrin has mastered the solemn skill of remaining resilient while covering difficult and traumatizing events. In this speech, Schifrin acknowledges the profound effect that violence and turmoil can have on reporters in the field. Among the several coping strategies he has identified, the most important, he says, is the belief in the importance of a journalist’s purpose to share stories that restore humanity. Using personal anecdotes from his time reporting on the war in Ukraine, the war in Gaza, the Syrian war, and other conflicts, Schifrin is able to move any audience and share lessons for withstanding and bouncing back from challenging circumstances.

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Nick Schifrin is the foreign affairs and defense correspondent for PBS NewsHour, based in Washington, D.C. He leads NewsHour’s foreign reporting and has created week-long, in-depth series for NewsHour from China, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. The PBS NewsHour series “Inside Putin’s Russia” won a 2018 Peabody Award and the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. In November 2020, Schifrin received the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to PBS, Schifrin was Al Jazeera America’s Middle East correspondent. He led the channel’s coverage of the 2014 war in Gaza; reported on the Syrian war from Syria’s Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian borders; and covered the conflict in and annexation of Crimea. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his Gaza coverage and a National Headliners Award for his Ukraine coverage.

From 2008-2012, Schifrin served as the ABC News correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011 he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death and delivered one of the year’s biggest exclusives: the first video from inside bin Laden’s compound. His reporting helped ABC News win an Edward R. Murrow award for its bin Laden coverage. He ran the Islamabad and Kabul bureaus for nearly four years, beginning at age 28.

He is a Council on Foreign Relations term member, and an Overseas Press Club Foundation board member. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he graduated with distinction.

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