Corey Flintoff

Corey Flintoff is NPR's international correspondent based in Moscow. His journalism career has taken him to more than 50 countries, most recently to cover the civil war in Libya, the revolution in Egypt and the war in Afghanistan.

After joining NPR in 1990, Flintoff worked for many years as a newscaster during All Things Considered. In 2005, he became part of the NPR team covering the Iraq War, where he embedded with U.S. military units fighting insurgents and hunting roadside bombs.

Flintoff's reporting from Iraq includes stories on sectarian killings, government corruption, the Christian refugee crisis and the destruction of Iraq's southern marshes. In 2010, he traveled to Haiti to report on the massive earthquake its aftermath. Two years before, he reported on his stint on a French warship chasing pirates off the coast of Somalia.

One of Flintoff's favorite side jobs at NPR is standing in for Carl Kasell during those rare times when the venerable scorekeeper takes a break from Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Before NPR, Flintoff served as the executive producer and host of Alaska News Nightly, a daily news magazine produced by the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage. His coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was recognized with the 1989 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award.

In 1977, Flintoff got his start in public radio working at at KYUK-AM/TV, in Bethel, Alaska. KYUK is a bilingual English-Yup'ik Eskimo station and Flintoff learned just enough Yup'ik to announce the station identification. He wrote and produced a number of television documentaries about Alaskan life, including "They Never Asked Our Fathers" and "Eyes of the Spirit," which have aired on PBS and are now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

He tried his hand at commercial herring fishing, dog-mushing, fiction writing and other pursuits, but failed to break out of the radio business.

Flintoff has a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree from the University of Chicago, both in English literature. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Drexel University.

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Europe
4:22 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Civilians In Debaltsevo Flee Russian-Backed Separatists

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3:48 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

A woman sits inside a bomb shelter in Donetsk on Wednesday. Some local residents have lived in bomb shelters and basements for more than a month, looking for cover from artillery strikes.
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Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 7:01 pm

As war rages in eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers are preparing to meet Thursday to consider drastic new sanctions against Russia.

The EU and the United States say Moscow's troops and weapons are directly involved in an offensive by anti-government militias in Ukraine's eastern provinces.

The offensive is the latest phase in a war that has racked the region since last April — and it's grinding hard on the civilians who are caught in the middle.

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12:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

In times of turmoil, Russians turn to their great writers for inspiration.

One of those writers is Mikhail Bulgakov, who died 75 years ago. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin liked some of Bulgakov's work, but he considered most of it too dangerous to publish. A museum in Moscow shows that the work is just as relevant as ever.

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3:50 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Russia's Prominent Prisoners Reflect Tension With Its Neighbors

Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko speaks to journalists shortly after her capture in Luhansk, Ukraine, on June 19, 2014. She was apparently captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine. But she is being held in Russia, which claims she was arrested in that country. Ukrainian officials say the separatists handed her over to Russia.
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One is a pioneering fighter pilot, another is a decorated intelligence agent and the third is a celebrated film director. Right now, all three are sitting in Russian jails.

The cases are not directly related, but all three are citizens of neighboring countries in conflict with Russia. Two are from Ukraine, arrested after Russia's annexation of Crimea and the war with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern provinces. The third is from the Baltic nation of Estonia.

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Europe
3:03 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Russian Media Condemn Paris Attacks — But Question Who Was Behind Them

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Parallels
5:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Courted By The U.S. And Russia, Uzbekistan Ignores Critics

Uzbek President Islam Karimov looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin, unseen, speaks to the media after talks in Moscow in April 2013.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 2:35 pm

Even as tensions have grown between the United States and Russia, both countries have worked with an autocratic leader who rules a strategic nation in Central Asia.

The country is Uzbekistan, and the leader is Islam Karimov, the 76-year-old former Communist Party boss who has been president since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Despite a long record of human rights violations, Uzbekistan has been a key partner for the United States during the Afghan War.

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Parallels
3:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

The Russian Who Claims Credit For Fanning The Flames In Ukraine

Igor Girkin, a Russian citizen who headed the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine last year, walks with his bodyguards in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in July.
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Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:16 am

Last spring, eastern Ukraine was a struggling, rust-belt region of mines and metal works. Now it's a battle zone where armies face off with heavy weapons, and where nearly 5,000 people have died.

In Russia, one man claims to have touched off the conflagration, and he says he's proud of what he did. His name is Igor Girkin, and he has a knack for turning up in tumultuous places.

In this instance, Girkin made his appearance in April of last year, shortly after Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted after months of street protests.

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Europe
2:20 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Putin Critics Say Navalny Jail Sentences Meant To Crush Opposition

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 4:30 pm

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Europe
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

For Russia's President, A Year Of Costly Triumphs

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Europe
3:02 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Lower Oil Prices Drain Value Of Russians' Money

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Europe
2:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Putin Remains Defiant On Crimea, Ukraine At Annual Press Conference

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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Europe
3:08 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Is Russia's Currency On Its Way To Collapse?

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:29 am

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Russian president Vladimir Putin has succeeded in taking a bite of Ukraine, but Russia may be paying a price.

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Europe
2:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Russia Could Be On Brink Of Full-Blown Currency Crisis

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:46 pm

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Europe
3:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 4:40 pm

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Our own Russian correspondent, Corey Flintoff, spends much of his time reporting on the activities of Vladimir Putin in Russia. But sometimes it's what's outside his own window in Moscow that captivates him.

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1:43 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

The Russian pop group Televizor has criticized Russia's involvement in Ukraine. Here, frontman Mikhail Borzykin performs at a 2011 show in St. Petersburg. At some concerts he sings, "Putin is a fascist," a reference to the Russian president, shown on the screen behind him.
Svetlana Bobrova Courtesy of Televizor

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:44 am

The conflict over Russia's role in Ukraine is spilling over into many aspects of Russian life, including its music scene. Some of the country's most popular musicians have taken stands against the annexation of Crimea and Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

And those who oppose Russian involvement have been facing a backlash from the authorities.

The veteran band Televizor is a case in point.

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Europe
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Putin Stands Firm In 'State Of The Nation' Address

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Europe
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Pedestrians walk past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble in Moscow on Wednesday. The ruble was trading at about 35 to the U.S. dollar this summer. Now it's more than 50 rubles to the dollar and the currency has been hitting record lows recently.
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Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:12 am

Russia's economy has taken a series of heavy hits in the past few months, and now it seems to be in the midst of a perfect storm.

The country depends heavily on oil exports, and prices are down sharply. The Russian currency is losing value fast. And U.S. and European sanctions, imposed after Russia's takeover of Crimea, are biting hard.

President Vladimir Putin remains defiant, saying sanctions will never bring Russia to its knees.

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Europe
3:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:42 pm

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Now, in the radio business, we think a lot about sound and what it means. Sound is not always what it seems, as NPR's Corey Flintoff reminds us from Moscow.

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Europe
2:03 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Protesters In Moscow Demand Explanation For Health Care Cuts

At least 5,000 Russians marched on a frosty Sunday afternoon in Moscow to protest plans to lay off thousands of doctors and close hospitals against the backdrop of a flagging economy.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 4:43 pm

In the numbing cold, several thousand demonstrators marched in Moscow on Sunday, protesting plans to make drastic cuts in the city's health care system. It was the second protest in the past month over a pocketbook issue that affects most Russian consumers — especially as people feel the effects of a weakening economy.

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World
2:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Experts Recover More Remains From MH17 Debris Site

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:31 am

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12:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

For Russian Kids, A Disability Often Means Life In An Orphanage

Dasha Daunis, (back) a 15-year-old with Down syndrome, is shown with her sister, Anna, 7. When Dasha was born, Russian health officials urged the family to put her in an orphanage. But after a year, Dasha's family took her back. Throughout Russia, nearly 30 percent of children with disabilities are placed in state orphanages.
Courtesy of Anastasia Daunis

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 10:21 am

Dasha Daunis is a lively 15-year-old who loves animals. She talks with her mother, Anastasia, about a recent trip to the circus, where they saw her favorite, bears.

Dasha was born with Down syndrome, and Anastasia says the doctors at the hospital told her that her baby would never thrive.

"Everyone was saying, the most reasonable decision is to abandon the child, because it's a cross you'll have to bear all your life," she recalls. "This child will never even understand that you are its father and mother. And your friends and your family will turn away from you."

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3:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Ukraine Separatists Claim Victory In Defiant Election

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:00 am

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Europe
5:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Donetsk Rebels Hold Controversial Government Elections

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 8:04 am

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World
3:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Militants Push Ahead With Vote, Despite Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 1:00 am

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5:56 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Russia Moves To Protect Its 'Information Sovereignty'

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 2:20 pm

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3:06 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Thousands March In Russia To Protest Involvement In Ukraine

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:22 am

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1:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:13 pm

It's been six weeks since Moscow slapped a ban on foods imported from the United States, the European Union and other countries that sanctioned Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. The implications of that move are just beginning to be felt.

Many of the Russian capital's trendiest restaurants have been hit hard because they get most of their ingredients from Europe. So they've had to scramble to find replacements.

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Europe
8:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Europe
3:10 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Russia Reports Troop Deaths In Ukraine, But Calls Them 'Volunteers'

Mothers and wives of Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine wait for information outside their base in Kostroma, Russia. Russia's military has been challenged to explain an upsurge in dead and missing soldiers from its elite units.
Dmitry Serebryakov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:31 am

Ukraine and the West, including the United States, insist that the Russian army has been fighting in eastern Ukraine, a charge that Russia just as vehemently denies.

But reports from Russia now acknowledge that Russian soldiers are part of the battle — though they are claimed to be volunteers, on leave from their army jobs.

Critics say the Russian military is ordering soldiers into the fight, and covering up the deaths of those who are killed, in an unacknowledged war on foreign soil.

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Europe
4:41 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Baltic States Battle Russian Media Blitz

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 1:37 pm

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