Carrie Kahn

Carrie Kahn is NPR's international correspondent based in Mexico City, Mexico. She covers Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Kahn's reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning news programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Prior to her post in Mexico Kahn had been a National Correspondent based in Los Angeles since joining NPR in 2003. During that time Kahn often reported on and from Mexico, most recently covering the country's presidential election in 2012. She was the first NPR reporter into Haiti after the devastating earthquake in early 2010, and has returned to the country six times in the two years since to detail recovery and relief efforts, and the political climate.

Her work included assignments throughout California and the West. In 2010 Kahn was awarded the Headliner Award for Best in Show and Best Investigative Story for her work covering U.S. informants involved in the Mexican Drug War. In 2005, Kahn was part of NPR's extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, where she investigated claims of euthanasia in New Orleans hospitals, recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast and resettlement of city residents in Houston, TX. She has covered her share of hurricanes since, fire storms and mudslides in Southern California and the controversial life and death of pop-icon Michael Jackson. In 2008, as China hosted the world's athletes, Kahn recorded a remembrance of her Jewish grandfather and his decision to compete in Hitler's 1936 Olympics.

Before coming to NPR in 2003, Kahn worked for 2 1/2 years at NPR station KQED in San Francisco, first as an editor and then as a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration reporting. From 1994 to 2001, Kahn was the border and community affairs reporter at NPR station KPBS in San Diego, where she covered Northern Mexico, immigration, cross-border issues and the city's ethnic communities.

While at KPBS, Kahn received numerous awards, including back-to-back Sol Price Awards for Responsible Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. She won the California/Nevada Associated Press award for Best News Feature, eight Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California and numerous prizes from the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists of San Diego. She was also awarded three consecutive La Pluma Awards from the California Chicano News Media Association.

Prior to joining KPBS, Kahn worked for NPR station KUSP and published a bilingual community newspaper in Santa Cruz, CA.

Kahn is frequently called upon to lecture or discuss border issues and bi-national journalism. Her work has been cited for fairness and balance by the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. She was awarded and completed a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University.

Kahn received a Bachelors degree from UC Santa Cruz in Biology. For several years she was a human genetics researcher in California and in Costa Rica. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, Europe and the Middle East, where she worked on a English/Hebrew/Arabic magazine.

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World
3:32 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Mexican Drug Lords File Complaint Over Inhumane Prison Conditions

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:40 am

Some of Mexico's most infamous drug traffickers, including El Chapo Guzman and Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal, have written a letter to the country's National Human Rights Commission complaining about conditions in the maximum security prison where they are being held.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

Reproduction of a letter to the National Commission of Human Rights from criminals, drug dealers, murderers and kidnappers in "El Altiplano," Mexico's highest-security prison.
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Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:13 am

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission is dealing with a new case of alleged violations by federal officials. This complaint, however, comes from the country's most vicious and notorious criminals — more than 100 of them.

Nearly 140 prisoners at Mexico's maximum security prison say they're being housed in unsafe and inhumane conditions.

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Parallels
5:11 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Ex-Boxing Champ Steps Back Into Spotlight As A Face Of Addiction

Julio Cesar Chavez at his home in Tijuana, Mexico.
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Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 8:56 am

In Mexico, the problem of drug trafficking is well publicized, but you can't say the same when it comes to the problem of drug addiction.

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Latin America
3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

In Mexico, A Fight Over Press Freedom

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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Parallels
2:25 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Mexico Takes Out Cartel Heads, But Crime Continues To Climb

The alleged leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Omar Trevino Morales, is taken under custody to be presented to the press at the Attorney General Office's hangar at the airport in Mexico City, on March 4. Mexican authorities captured Trevino Wednesday, dealing a blow to the feared gang and giving the embattled government a second major arrest in a week.
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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:56 am

Two of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels have lost their leaders. In the span of just one week, the Mexican government captured the heads of the Knights Templar and the Zetas trafficking organization. That brings the number of capos taken out by the current administration to 11.

But many analysts believe the spectacular arrests will do little to tackle the country's growing insecurity.

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Parallels
2:45 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Tijuana Cops Turn On Body Cameras And Hope To Turn Off Bribery

The 2,100-person Tijuana municipal police force is one of Mexico's largest. It's also the first in the country to employ body cameras for its officers.
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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:20 am

Mexican cops have gotten a bad rap. They are known more for taking bribes than fighting crime. One police department in Mexico hopes that body cameras, a high-tech tool gaining popularity in the U.S., will redeem its reputation.

The police chief in the border city of Tijuana says they will show that it's not just bad cops that are the problem; the public plays a big role in corruption, too.

Within days of three Tijuana police officers clipping on the cameras, one recorded an eye-opening traffic stop.

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2:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Monarch Butterfly Population Rejuvenated After Last Year's Record Low

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 6:29 pm

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Latin America
2:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Major Mexican Cartel Leader Arrested

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:13 pm

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Fine Art
1:47 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Diego Rivera, seen here in 1933, works on a panel of his mural in the lobby of Rockefeller Center.
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Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:48 am

It's been called one of the great rivalries of the art world — a clash between egos, riches and ideologies. In the spring of 1932, capitalist (and prolific collector of Mexican art) Nelson Rockefeller hired Mexican painter and staunch socialist Diego Rivera to paint a mural for the lobby of the newly erected Rockefeller Center in New York City. Sketches were drawn and approved, but when reporters leaked that Rivera had added an image of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, a battle began.

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Business
2:57 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Netflix Streams Its Way To Cuba — Slowly

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 4:32 pm

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Latin America
3:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Talks First Step In Long Process Of Restoring Relations

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 7:00 am

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Latin America
2:48 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Historic Diplomatic Talks Begin In Cuba

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Latin America
3:07 am
Wed January 21, 2015

U.S.-Cuban Officials Meet In Cuba To Re-Establish Relations

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:12 am

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World
2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Political Turmoil Threatens To Derail Haiti's Delicate Recovery

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:25 am

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World
2:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Five Years After Earthquake, Haiti's Recovery Remains Uneven

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:20 pm

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Latin America
2:59 am
Mon January 12, 2015

In Haiti, Politics And An Earthquake Anniversary Collide

A woman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hangs her laundry to dry in front of her home. Her family made the shelter out of tin and tarps on land where their home stood before a massive earthquake devastated the nation in 2010. An estimated 80,000 Haitians displaced by the quake remain in tents.
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Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:59 pm

Monday marks five years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and destroying much of the Caribbean nation's capital.

It is also the deadline for a political showdown. Haitian leaders met late into Sunday night to hash out an agreement and avoid leaving only Haiti's president with legal standing to rule by decree. The prolonged political crisis threatens Haiti's fragile recovery.

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Latin America
4:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Haiti's Political Crisis Expected To Come To A Head Next Week

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:31 am

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World
2:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

In Haiti, Time Running Out To Schedule Overdue Elections

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 11:34 am

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Latin America
1:34 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Lacking Internet, Cubans Rely On 'The Package' For Entertainment

Young Cubans prepare their sticks to charge the latest internet "package" with films, television series, software and other similar stuff from foreign origin downloaded from the web.
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Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 7:37 am

Cuba has promised its citizens better Internet access in this New Year. The few Cubans who now manage to get online find it expensive and slow.

Warming ties with the U.S. have stirred hope for improved telecommunications. But until then, many residents have devised an ingenious work-around, or should we say walk-around.

On Havana's Malecon, roaming guitarists play for the crowds resting against the iconic sea wall. In this nightly gathering spot, it's old fashioned interacting. No one is on a cell, no eyes glued to smart phones.

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Latin America
2:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Cubans Celebrate The Return Of Three Last Spies

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:26 pm

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Latin America
3:05 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Cuba's Jews, Catholics Have Very Different Takes On The U.S. Thaw

A member of the activist group Women in White is arrested during a demonstration to commemorate Human Rights Day in downtown Havana, on Dec. 10. Members of the opposition movement say they feel betrayed by the U.S. decision to restore ties with Cuba's communist regime.
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Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:33 am

In Havana, two religious communities are celebrating the holiday season but have taken very different approaches to the news that relations between the U.S. and Cuba are warming.

For Jews who belong to Temple Beth Shalom in Havana, their numbers may be small, but size doesn't matter.

On Sunday night, a couple hundred people filled the temple's sanctuary to light six Hanukkah candles, watch teens put on a play, and clap to a group of toddlers dancing to the holiday classic "Eight Little Candles," sung in Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish language.

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5:47 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Cubans Blame Their Woes On The U.S. Embargo

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 2:08 pm

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Latin America
3:12 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Cubans Eager For More Economic Investment

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:58 pm

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Latin America
3:19 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Search For Missing Students In Mexico Turns Up Graves Of Others

Relatives of 43 students who went missing in Iguala, Mexico, search for them on a hill on the outskirts of town on Nov. 29. After the students vanished, searches around Iguala have turned up nearly a dozen clandestine graves. None of the remains found in those mounds belonged to the students.
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Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 11:22 am

On the patio of a church in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, dozens of people gather in the early morning. They're wearing tennis shoes and jeans, and are ready to head into the hills outside the city of Iguala to search for graves and hopefully the bodies of missing loved ones.

Guillermina Sotelo Castañeda is among them. She is wearing a black T-shirt that reads: "Son, as long as I haven't buried you, I'll keep searching." Sotelo's son disappeared without a trace two years ago.

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Latin America
3:01 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Haiti's President Searches For Next Prime Minister

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:16 am

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Parallels
5:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Survivor Of Mexican Student Attacks Tells Of Bullet-Riddled Escape

Flowers, candles and handwritten messages remembering the 43 missing students line the fence at the National Palace in Zocalo, Mexico City.
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Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 10:18 am

In Mexico, authorities continue the investigation into the kidnapping and presumed murder of 43 students from a college in the southern state of Guerrero.

On a recent afternoon at the teaching school in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, I spoke to one man who says he survived the attacks on Sept. 26. NPR couldn't independently confirm 22-year-old Carlos Martinez's account, but it is consistent with other eyewitness versions and investigator's statements.

We spoke in the school's outdoor patio that doubles as a basketball court, but no one has been playing since the attack.

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Latin America
2:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Parents Of Missing Mexican Students Don't Believe Official Story

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:38 am

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Latin America
2:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Burnt Remains Of Missing Mexican Student Identified; 42 Still Not Found

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:44 am

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Latin America
2:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Student Murders Throw Mexico's Left-Wing Party Into A Tailspin

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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The Salt
1:34 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Mexican Chef Serves Up An Authoritative Guide To Her Country's Cuisine

With over 700 pages and 600 recipes, Mexico: The Cookbook, attempts to document exhaustively the country's varied regional cuisines. Recipes in the book include (from left): potato and chorizo tacos; divorced eggs with tomatillo sauce; and tikin-xik fish, a grouper dish from the Yucatan Peninsula.
Courtesy of Fiamma Piacentini-Huff and Phaidon

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:21 am

If you want to give your taste buds a gustatory tour of Mexico, then Margarita Carrillo is ready to be your guide.

The Mexican chef and food activist has spent years gathering hundreds of recipes from every region of the country for Mexico: The Cookbook, her new, encyclopedic take on her country's cuisine.

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