Saudi Arabia and the Midterm Elections' Impact on Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia and the Midterm Elections' Impact on Foreign Policy

Nick Schifrin

11.12.2018

Nick Schifrin

Nick Schifrin is an American foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 30 countries since moving overseas in 2007. For more than four years he covered every major story in South and southwest Asia, from Benazir Bhutto's assassination in December, 2007, through a surge of violence in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the spring of 2012. Since then, he has covered every major story in the Middle East, as well as the wars in West and East Africa against Boko Haram and Al Shabab.

He is currently a Special Correspondent at PBS, creating week-long, in-depth series for the flagship evening news show, Newshour. He has reported from Nigeria, Egypt and Kenya.

Prior to PBS Newshour, he was Al Jazeera America's first foreign correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He led the channel’s coverage of the 2014 war in Gaza. He reported extensively on the Syrian war from Syria's Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian borders. He arrived in Ukraine as violence peaked in Kiev and reported on 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 and Crimea coverage.

From 2007-2012, Schifrin served as a correspondent for ABC News in London, New Delhi, and Afghanistan/Pakistan. In 2011 Schifrin was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death. He 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 creating a foundation that would increase the diversity and mentorship of American foreign correspondents. 

Nick Schifrin is the PBS NewsHour’s foreign affairs and defense correspondent. He has created week-long, in-depth series for NewsHour from Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. The series “Inside Putin’s Russia” won a 2018 Peabody Award.

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 extensively 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 visiting fellow at the Clinton School, where he lectures and teachers a foreign policy class. 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 John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he graduated with distinction.