Deborah Amos
International Correspondent, NPR News

Deborah Amos
Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News and is reporting on refugee resettlement in the U.S. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

In 2013, Amos won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the George Foster Peabody Award and was honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for her coverage of the Syrian uprising.

In 2010 Amos was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Life Time Achievement Award by Washington State University. In 2009, Amos won the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University. Amos was part of a team of reporters who won a 2004 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for coverage of Iraq. She was named a Ferris Fellow at Princeton University in 2016 and 2012 teaching a one-semester journalism course.

In 2013 and in 2015 she was named the James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Amos teaches a one-week radio production class at Columbia University for entering Master’s degree candidates. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1991-1992, Amos returned to Harvard in 2010 as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School to write a research paper on the Iraqi media. In 2003, Amos returned to NPR to cover the Middle East after a decade in television news, including ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Amos is also the author of Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East (Public Affairs, 2010) chosen as one of the top ten non-fiction books by the Washington Post. She also wrote Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World (Simon and Schuster, 1992). When Amos first came to NPR in 1977, she worked first as a director and then a producer for Weekend All Things Considered until 1979. For the next six years, she worked on radio documentaries, which won her several significant honors.

In 1982, Amos received the Prix Italia, the Ohio State Award, and a DuPont-Columbia Award for "Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown" and in 1984 she received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for "Refugees."

From 1985 until 1993, Amos spend most of her time at NPR reporting overseas, including as the London Bureau Chief and as an NPR foreign correspondent based in Amman, Jordan. During that time, Amos won several awards, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a Break thru Award, and widespread recognition for her coverage of the Gulf War in 1991.

Amos began her career after receiving a degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida at Gainesville.