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.
An association of more than 50 German zoos is appealing for 100 million euros in federal emergency aid. Its executive director says the money is urgently needed to stabilize the situation brought on by the coronavirus health crisis.
Berlin authorities report they’ve ordered more than 770 bars and stores to close over the past two weeks. Police ask people who head outside to carry an official photo ID with a document or letter showing their address.
Millions of euros in aid from the Berlin Senate is now available for small and medium sized businesses, including restaurants and clubs. In other news, the Netherlands closed their borders on Thursday to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.