Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is KCRW Berlin's Program Director, reporter and show host. She is a veteran American journalist with German roots who comes to us from NPR, where she spent 13 years as a correspondent, heading the network’s international bureaus in Kabul, Cairo and more recently, Berlin. She’s won numerous awards for her radio work, including a Peabody and Gracie. She also received the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Prior to her radio career, Sarhaddi Nelson spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter and was part of the Newsday team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.