Kelly McEvers is
a national NPR correspondent. She previously ran NPR’s Beirut bureau, where she
earned a George Foster Peabody, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award, a Gracie
award, and an Overseas Press Club mention for her 2012 coverage of the Syrian
conflict. She started her journalism career in 1997 at the Chicago Tribune, where she worked as a metro reporter and
documented the lives of female gang members for the Sunday magazine. Her
writing also has appeared in the New York
Times Magazine, Esquire, Foreign
Policy, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Monthly, Slate, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has
aired on This American Life, The World,
and the BBC. She’s taught radio and journalism in the United States and abroad.
She lives with her family in California, where she’s still very bad at surfing.