Emily Harris

International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.

Over her career, Harris has served in multiple roles within public media. She first joined NPR in 2000, as a general assignment reporter. A prolific reporter often filing two stories a day, Harris covered major stories including 9/11 and its aftermath, including the impact on the airline industry; and the anthrax attacks. She also covered how policies set in Washington are implemented across the country.

In 2002, Harris worked as a Special Correspondent on NOW with Bill Moyer, focusing on investigative storytelling. In 2003 Harris became NPR's Berlin Correspondent, covering Central and Eastern Europe. In that role, she reported regularly from Iraq, leading her to be a key member of the NPR team awarded a 2005 Peabody Award for coverage of the region.

Harris left NPR in December 2007 to become a host for a live daily program, Think Out Loud, on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Under her leadership Harris's team received three back to back Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show, and a share in OPB's 2009 Peabody Award for the series "Hard Times." Harris's other awards include the RIAS Berlin Commission's first-place radio award in 2007 and second-place in 2006. She was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University in 2005-2006.

A seasoned reporter, she was asked to help train young journalist through NPR's "Next Generation" program. She also served as editorial director for Journalism Accelerator, a project to bring journalists together to share ideas and experiences; and was a writer-in-residence teaching radio writing to high school students.

One of the aspects of her work that most intrigues her is why people change their minds and what inspires them to do so.

Outside of work, Harris has drafted a screenplay about the Iraq war and for another project is collecting stories about the most difficult parts of parenting.

She has a B.A. in Russian Studies from Yale University.

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4:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

After Netanyahu Win, What's Next For Israel Still Unknown

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:27 pm

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4:38 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Netanyahu Emerges With Victory In Israeli Election

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Politics
4:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Netanyahu Hopes To Win 4th Term In Israeli Election

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:18 pm

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Middle East
4:59 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu Faces A Big Test As Israelis Head To Polls

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:24 am

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Middle East
6:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 10:03 am

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Parallels
12:27 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water

The Bedouin camp has a black plastic water tank near a school built from mostly mud and tires.
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Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 12:45 pm

On Moshav Na'ama, a big Israeli farm in the West Bank inside the wide Jordan Valley, Inon Rosenblum raises fresh herbs for export.

He hires Palestinians to work the fields and pack the crops. The farm is 300 feet below sea level, a desert climate where irrigation is mandatory. Rosenblum won't say exactly how much water he uses, or exactly where it comes from.

"From wells," he says. "In the mountains." Then he changes the subject.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

In Israeli Election, Arab Sportscaster Runs On Ticket Of Mainstream Jewish Party

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 7:07 pm

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Politics
3:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 5:55 pm

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Parallels
6:51 am
Thu March 5, 2015

In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

Shoppers walk through a market in downtown Jerusalem last November, shortly before Israel's coalition government collapsed. As Israel prepares for elections on March 17, the diverse population has very different notions of what the country should look like.
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Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 12:58 pm

Israel's March 17 election is two years earlier than it should be, thanks to the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government in December. Contributing to the breakup was an impassioned debate over whether a stronger legal emphasis on the country's Jewish character would ultimately make Israel less democratic.

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Middle East
4:16 am
Wed March 4, 2015

How Jewish Should Israel Be? 2 Israelis Voters Have Answers

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