Unwrapping the Russian Riddle

Unwrapping the Russian Riddle

Nick Schifrin

9.11.2017

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. 

Award winning journalist Nick Schifrin, currently a special correspondent at PBS NewsHour, recently offered an inside look at Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s influence with the week-long PBS NewsHour series “Inside Putin’s Russia.” Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin traveled to more than a dozen cities and conducted 40 interviews while reporting on Russian identity, propaganda, and opposition, among a range of other topics. He will be a visiting fellow for the second consecutive year at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service during the 2017-18 academic year.