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Jason Beaubien

Global Health and Development Correspondent

Jason Beaubien is a Peabody award-winning journalist. He's filed stories from more than 60 countries around the world. His reporting tends to focus on issues in lower-income countries. Often his reports highlight inequities, injustices and abuses of power. He also regularly writes about natural disasters, wars and human conflict. Over the last two decades he's covered hurricanes in the Caribbean, typhoons in the Philippines, multiple earthquakes in Haiti, the Arab Spring, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the drug war in Mexico.

Beaubien served as NPR's bureau chief in Johannesburg and later in Mexico City. In the early days of the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014 he reported from Sierra Leone. As COVID emerged in 2020 he reported on the start of the pandemic from Hong Kong. His reporting on the Taliban's attempts to derail the multi-billion dollar global effort to eradicate polio won an Edward R Murrow award.

He joined NPR in 2002 after volunteering to cover a coup attempt in the Ivory Coast. Previously Beaubien worked at WBUR in Boston and KQED in San Francisco. He lives in Maryland with his family and a rotating cast of goats, chickens, dogs and other animals.

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Friday

A mother and her son play in the sea at Liido Beach in Mogadishu, Somalia. Despite decades of conflict and ongoing security threats, some Somalis are carving out a middle-class lifestyle in the Somali capital. Luke Dray for NPR hide caption

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Friday at the beach in Mogadishu: Optimism shines through despite Somalia's woes

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Thursday

Somalia faces a major food crisis driven by a historic drought.

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Friday

A girl poses for a portrait in a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Baidoa, Somalia, on Dec. 14. As people flee their homes because of drought, famine and fighting, camps have sprung up this year around the Somali capital and other cities. Luke Dray for NPR hide caption

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This is what displaced Somalians want you to know about their humanitarian crisis

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Saturday

Mariam Kasim sits with her grandson, who she says is suffering from measles and malnutrition, at a camp on the outskirts of Baidoa, Somalia, on Tuesday. Luke Dray for NPR hide caption

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Friday

Concern grows over a food crisis and potential famine in Somalia

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Wednesday

The U.N. says parts of Somalia may experience famine within months

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Monday

Somalia faces what could be its worst drought in 40 years

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Fahir Mayow holds her nephew, eight-month-old Ahmed Noor, at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu on Monday. Ahmed arrived at the hospital one week ago, weighing 3.5 kilograms, just under 8 pounds. Luke Dray for NPR hide caption

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Friday

A burned cot in a police station in Kherson on Wednesday. Kherson residents say Russians used the police station to detain and torture violators of curfew and people suspected of collaborating with Ukrainian authorities. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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Screams from Russia's alleged torture basements still haunt Ukraine's Kherson

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Thursday

Local people react to a volunteer from Odesa distributing aid on the main square in front of the Regional Administration Building in Kherson on Wednesday. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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Tuesday

Hanna Malyar, Ukraine's deputy defense minister (center), signs a Ukrainian flag belonging to a local resident in Kherson on Monday. "Ukraine's success depends on two points," Malyar told NPR. "First our strength, our ability to fight. And second, the weapons that we receive from our partners," referring to the United States and other Western nations. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Ukrainians dance in Kherson's streets at the end of Russia's months-long occupation

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Zelenskyy's arrival in Kherson underscores Ukraine's momentum in the war

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Monday

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, surrounded by his guards, walks on central square during his visit to Kherson on Monday. Ukrainian Presidential Press Office/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Ukrainian Armed Forces in a tank heading toward the Kherson front in Kherson region on Wednesday. Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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What Russia's announced pullout from Kherson means for the war in Ukraine

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Ukraine is skeptical of Russian claims that it is withdrawing from Kherson

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