Making Radio Against Most Odds
Kelly McEvers


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Imagine reporting in a culture that speaks a language your listeners don't understand, and covering issues your listeners don't totally care about - all in a country that doesn't even want you there in the first place.

Add to this unforgiving news deadlines, and you've got the life of a foreign correspondent covering the Arab revolutions and their aftermath. NPR's Kelly McEvers shares her work and talks about how to tell memorable radio stories, despite limited resources on all fronts.


Kelly McEvers is NPR's foreign correspondent based in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition to NPR, her radio work has appeared on This American Life, On the Media, and the CBC, and other outlets, and she has written articles for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and the Washington Monthly, among others. McEvers is a founder of Six Billion, an online magazine that was a regular feature at Harvard University's Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism.


Photo of McEvers by Kate Joyce.

Hear more of Kelly McEvers' reporting from the Middle East, for NPR.
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Read an essay by Kelly about covering the Arab Spring on Transom.org.