Julie McCarthy


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Julie McCarthy

Southeast Asia Correspondent & Manila Bureau Chief


Julie McCarthy is an award-winning reporter and editor who has spent most of her career traveling the world for NPR. At far flung overseas posts for the past 25 years, she's covered Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. She reports on wars, prime ministers, presidents and paupers. But her favorite stories "are about the common man or woman doing uncommon things," she says.


McCarthy recently returned to Asia to open the newest in the constellation of NPR's overseas bureaus in Manila, Philippines. Before assuming the post, she was based in New Delhi, India, for six years. Prior to that, she established NPR's first permanent bureau in Islamabad, Pakistan.

McCarthy won a Peabody Award for her coverage of Pakistan. She was named the Gracie Correspondent of the Year in 2011, and she was honored with the Southeast Asia Journalists Association's Environmental Award for her coverage of Pakistan's 500-year flood in 2010.

Before moving to Islamabad, McCarthy covered South America as NPR's bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 2005 to 2009. She covered the Middle East for NPR from 2002 to 2005, when she was first dispatched to report on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank, and later the war in Iraq and the turmoil in Saudi Arabia.

McCarthy was NPR's first staff correspondent in Japan, assuming leadership of the Tokyo bureau in 1994. Her tenure there was a rich tapestry of stories including including the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the turmoil over U.S. troops on Okinawa.


Her distinguished reporting on Japan won the East-West Center's Mary Morgan Hewett Award for the Advancement of Journalism. Her coverage of the Asian economic crisis earned her the 1998 Overseas Press Club of America Award.

Prior to moving overseas for NPR, McCarthy was the foreign editor for Europe and Africa. She served as the Senior Washington Editor during the first Persian Gulf War. NPR was honored with a Silver Baton in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for its coverage of the conflict.

In her capacity as European and African Editors, McCarthy was awarded a Peabody, two additional Overseas Press Club Awards and the Ohio State Award.

McCarthy holds degrees in literature and history, and is a lawyer by training.

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