Kelly McEvers http://ktep.org en Immigrants Feel Like Targets As Deportations Increase http://ktep.org/post/immigrants-feel-targets-deportations-increase Morning Edition spent a lot of time recently reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama has deported 2 million people from the U.S. But many say that number is misleading. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:28:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 38901 at http://ktep.org Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead http://ktep.org/post/pentagon-reorganizing-how-it-brings-home-americas-war-dead Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced an overhaul Monday of the agencies responsible for finding, identifying, and returning the remains of servicemen lost in past wars.<p>The Pentagon spends more than $100 million a year on the effort, but last year only identified 60 of the more than 80,000 missing.<p>Hagel's undersecretary, Michael Lumpkin, says there will now be one agency to bring home lost servicemen and better communication with the families of the fallen. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:19:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 37762 at http://ktep.org Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead Hoping To Slim POW-MIA Bureaucracy, Hagel Makes One Out Of Two http://ktep.org/post/hoping-slim-pow-mia-bureaucracy-hagel-makes-one-out-two Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the creation of a new defense agency charged with merging the multiple divisions currently responsible for finding and identifying the more than 80,000 members missing from past conflicts. A five-month investigation by NPR and the independent news agency ProPublica had found the U.S. recovery effort to be slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 37736 at http://ktep.org Deportees To Mexicali Wait For Another Chance To Cross Into U.S. http://ktep.org/post/deportees-mexicali-wait-another-chance-cross-us Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. With Linda Wertheimer, I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>It was the middle of a sunny day when our road trip along the U.S.-Mexico border led us to one of the driest regions we'd seen.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A VEHICLE)<p>INSKEEP: For a moment there, the landscape made our producer, Selena Simmons-Duffin, think of "Lawrence of Arabia." We had sand dunes over sand dunes over sand dunes. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 37471 at http://ktep.org Capitol's Immigration Stagnation Gets Dreamers Moving On The Border http://ktep.org/post/capitols-immigration-stagnation-gets-dreamers-moving-border With deportations at a record high under the Obama administration, and with immigration reform stalled in Congress, Dreamer protest groups are trying to keep the issue alive with actions of their own. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 36982 at http://ktep.org U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureaucracy http://ktep.org/post/us-grave-science-marked-risk-aversion-and-bureacracy In part two of <a href="http://apps.npr.org/grave-science/">a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica</a>, we look at the agency charged with bringing home and identifying the 83,000 American war dead. It's stymied by an extreme aversion to risk. See the <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 36212 at http://ktep.org U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureaucracy Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All http://ktep.org/post/dated-methods-mean-slow-return-fallen-soldiers-or-none-all The agency charged with bringing home and identifying American war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods, <a href="http://apps.npr.org/grave-science/">according to a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica. </a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 36134 at http://ktep.org Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All Thousands Fall From Middle Class After RV Industry Collapse http://ktep.org/post/thousands-fall-middle-class-after-rv-industry-collapse Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We're going to take a close look, now, at the human cost when an industry shuts down. Oregon has kept detailed records on what happened to thousands of people who lost their jobs when the state's RV manufacturing industry imploded during the recession. Since then, many workers dropped from middle wage to low wage earners, a trend playing out across the United States. Some fared even worse. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 31513 at http://ktep.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns http://ktep.org/post/reinventing-dwindling-middle-class-may-take-revolution My parents moved away from Lincoln, Ill., two decades ago, when I was in college. I hardly ever get back there. But my mom still works in Lincoln, and it was to Lincoln I headed to meet her this fall, after returning to the U.S. from the Middle East.<p>I got off the train from Chicago and immediately saw that the old depot building — where we used to go for fancy dinners before prom — was shuttered. A little monument commemorating the day Abraham Lincoln named the town in 1853 was faded and peeling. There was a man asleep on a bench at the train stop. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 28810 at http://ktep.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab http://ktep.org/post/iraq-laying-claim-kebab When you hear the word "kebab" in America, you might think of skewers with chunks of chicken or beef and vegetables, marinated and grilled on coals or gas. But say "kebab" in the Middle East, and it means a lot of things — chunks of lamb or liver on skewers, or the more popular version of grilled ground meat logs found in Turkey, Iran and much of the Arab world.<p>If you spend enough time in the Middle East, you learn it can be hard to pinpoint the origins of things. Everybody claims to have invented hummus, flatbread and even yogurt. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:44:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 22965 at http://ktep.org In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt http://ktep.org/post/al-jazeera-under-fire-its-coverage-egypt <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=indIpXbtOUU</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 21212 at http://ktep.org Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt Syrian Refugees Caught Up In Egypt's Political Crisis http://ktep.org/post/syrian-refugees-caught-egypts-political-crisis Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Egypt, the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi has changed things - not just for Egyptians but also for another group of Arabs living in that country. It's a story of how when one group falls from grace, so do those who are perceived to be its supporters. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 21064 at http://ktep.org Ramadan Takes Political Tinge In Egypt http://ktep.org/post/ramadan-takes-political-tinge-egypt Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>It's the holy month of Ramadan, usually a time of reflection, prayer and solidarity with fellow Muslims. But this Ramadan, Egypt is divided. The ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood earlier this month and his current detention by Egyptian security forces, has polarized the country. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 20903 at http://ktep.org Syrian Conflict Continues Violent Spillover Into Lebanon http://ktep.org/post/syrian-conflict-continues-violent-spillover-lebanon Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A bomb placed in a parked car caused a massive explosion in Beirut today that injured dozens of people. Later, a Syrian rebel group claimed responsibility for the blast.<p>NPR's Kelly McEvers was at the scene of the attack. She sent this report on how the Syrian conflict is spilling over into Lebanon.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: The group that claimed responsibility for the blast is a branch of the Free Syrian Army that calls itself Division 313. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 20590 at http://ktep.org War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Bad Year' http://ktep.org/post/war-correspondents-unflinching-diary-very-bad-year <em>NPR's Kelly McEvers struggled with intense, unexpected emotions during the Arab Spring, when friends were being kidnapped and worse. It made her wonder, why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives to report on conflicts?</em><p>In early 2011, I started seeing things in slow motion. I cried unpredictably. It was the time of the Arab uprisings. Colleagues and friends were getting kidnapped. Some were getting killed.<p>But still, I went toward the story. The next year, 2012 was one of the deadliest years on record for journalists. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 19951 at http://ktep.org War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Bad Year' Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon http://ktep.org/post/dozens-dead-after-clashes-radical-cleric-lebanon Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>Calm has been restored in southern Lebanon for now. Clashes between the army and followers of a radical Sunni cleric have left dozens dead over the past two days. It's been called the most violent spillover from the conflict in Syria to a neighboring country. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 19669 at http://ktep.org Shiite Fighters Drawn To Fight In Syria By Islamic Prophecy http://ktep.org/post/shiite-fighters-drawn-fight-syria-islamic-prophecy Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>For the first time in modern history, Shiite fighters are crossing borders to wage jihad, much as Sunnis traveled to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets and to Iraq to fight Americans. These days, the draw is Syria. The cause is not a foreign invader but a rival sect. And some say, it's about fulfilling a thousand-year-old prophecy, as NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Abu Ther is a short guy but a big guy. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:23:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 19372 at http://ktep.org Sectarian Violence Rises Sharply In Iraq http://ktep.org/post/sectarian-violence-rises-sharply-iraq Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. It's easy for us to overlook, given the violence elsewhere in the Middle East, but violence in Iraq has risen sharply. Since the start of April, more than 2,000 people have been killed in car bombings and other attacks. Iraq has not seen that level of killing since the worst of the sectarian war back in 2006 and 2007. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:04:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 19169 at http://ktep.org Rebels Lose Key Town To Syrian Forces http://ktep.org/post/rebels-lose-key-town-syrian-forces Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In Syria, the battle for Qusair is over. The strategically important town has fallen back under government control. That was confirmed early today by Syrian state media and rebel sources.<p>For three weeks, Qusair has been the scene of fierce fighting, including not only Syrians, but also the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 18328 at http://ktep.org Sons, Who Belonged To Hezbollah Died 'Heroically' In Syria http://ktep.org/post/sons-who-belonged-hezbollah-died-heroically-syria Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The U.N. says hundreds of wounded, along with thousands more civilians, are trapped inside the embattled Syrian town of Qusair. The Syrian army, along with fighters from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, have the town surrounded. Up until recently Hezbollah's involvement in the fight was kept secret. But now, as NPR's Kelly McEvers reports, the group's supporters are readying for what could be a bigger, more regional fight.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: When a Hezbollah fighter dies in combat, it's different than when a U.S. soldier dies. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 18123 at http://ktep.org Hezbollah Sends Fighters To Qusayr From Lebanon http://ktep.org/post/hezbollah-sends-fighters-qusayr-lebanon Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's Kelly McEvers has also been reporting on the fight, and the involvement of Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon. She sends this report.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: So, we're just on the other side of the border from where Steve just was. We're in Lebanon. We're standing on top of an unfinished house. It's basically bare concrete with rebar sticking up. And I can see into Qusayr. Just beyond a berm that forms the border between Lebanon and Syria is the city of Qusayr.<p>We're in a place called Hermel, in Lebanon. It's called the city of martyrs. Fri, 31 May 2013 09:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 17982 at http://ktep.org Syrian Conflict Continues Spread Into Neighboring Lebanon http://ktep.org/post/syrian-conflict-continues-spread-neighboring-lebanon Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The Syrian town of Quseir sits just miles from the border with Lebanon and the fierce fighting there is evidence of how the war is reaching beyond Syria's borders. Lebanese militants from Hezbollah are now openly fighting alongside Syrian soldiers in Quseir. And this weekend, rockets were fired on Hezbollah areas inside Lebanon's capital Beirut. Here's NPR's Kelly McEvers.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: The latest battle for Quseir began about a week ago. Mon, 27 May 2013 20:28:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 17684 at http://ktep.org Syrian Rebels Want Enough Help To Turn The Tide http://ktep.org/post/syrian-rebels-want-enough-help-turn-tide Audie Cornish talks to Kelly McEvers about her reporting out of Syria and what people there are saying about U.S. intervention. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 15607 at http://ktep.org A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime http://ktep.org/post/close-syrias-alawites-loyalists-troubled-regime The film on Syria's Alawite community isn't finished yet, but filmmaker Nidal Hassan's favorite scenes are beginning to take shape.<p>It opens with fireworks on New Year's Eve in Tartous, Syria. "May God preserve the president for us," one young man yells in a reference to Syrian leader Bashar Assad.<p>Situated on the Mediterranean coast, Tartous is a resort town, with a port and a Russian naval base. Roughly three-quarters of the people in Tartous are Alawites, like Assad and his late father, who have run the country for more than 40 years. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 14361 at http://ktep.org A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime Members Of Assad's Sect Break Ranks With Syrian Regime http://ktep.org/post/syria-some-ruling-minority-alawites-take-risky-stand-against-regime The Alawites of Syria were a poor, little-known Shiite minority until longtime dictator Hafez Assad, a member of the sect, rose to power in 1970. His son, President Bashar Assad, is now fighting to maintain that power in a country that has risen up against him. Now, even some Syrian Alawites say they are willing to denounce the regime, despite the risks.<p>A recent gathering in Cairo was much like other conferences hosted by the Syrian opposition — a flurry of activity in the hotel lobby, late-night conversations and lots of cigarettes.<p>But this one was different. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 13974 at http://ktep.org Members Of Assad's Sect Break Ranks With Syrian Regime Syrian Government Stronghold Raqqa Falls To Rebels http://ktep.org/post/syrian-government-stronghold-raqqa-falls-rebels The Syrian provincial capital of Raqqa is the first city to fall entirely to rebels who are fighting to bring down President Bashar Assad's regime. We have the story of Mohammad Abdel Aziz, who witnessed the fall of Raqqa from inside a prison cell. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 13847 at http://ktep.org Revisiting Iraq: A Sister On The Edge http://ktep.org/post/revisiting-iraq-sister-edge <em>It's been 10 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq. This week we're taking a look back, revisiting voices you first heard on NPR in 2007. We brought you the story of two sisters who had lost their parents. The older sister wore conservative clothes and recited poetry. The younger sister, just 13 at the time, appeared on the verge of becoming a prostitute.</em><p>Like so many stories in Iraq, especially sensitive ones involving shame and sex, this story has to be peeled away in layers, like an onion.<p>It starts with the older sister, Shahad. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 13237 at http://ktep.org Face To Face With Death In Iraq http://ktep.org/post/face-face-death-iraq <em>On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, NPR is catching up with some of the people we encountered during the war. In 2006, at the height of the violence, we brought you the story of </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5358641">a woman who performed the Muslim ritual of washing and preparing the dead for burial</a>. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:21:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 13220 at http://ktep.org Face To Face With Death In Iraq 1 Decade Since The War, Where Iraq Stands Now http://ktep.org/post/1-decade-war-where-iraq-stands-now <em>Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, NPR is looking at where the country stands now. NPR's Kelly McEvers recently visited Baghdad and offered this take on how the Iraqi capital feels today. </em><p>I think the single word that would best describe Baghdad these days is traffic. It can take hours just to get from one place to another. And I guess that's both good and bad.<p>Good because it means people are out, going to work, leading normal lives. They feel safe enough to be in the streets, to be in their cars. On the weekends, the parks are full of families picnicking. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:43:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 13011 at http://ktep.org 1 Decade Since The War, Where Iraq Stands Now Letters To My Dead Father http://ktep.org/post/letters-my-dead-father <em>Ten years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, NPR is taking a look back, revisiting people and places first encountered during the war. In 2006, NPR aired a <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6043673">story</a> about a 9-year-old girl who loved her father so much, she wrote him letters to take to work with him. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:14:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 12876 at http://ktep.org Letters To My Dead Father