Corey Flintoff

Corey Flintoff is a correspondent with the Foreign Desk. His career has taken him to more than 45 countries.

Since 2005, Flintoff has been part of the NPR team covering the Iraq War. He has embedded with U.S. military units fighting insurgents and hunting roadside bombs. His stories from Iraq have dealt with sectarian killings, government corruption, the Christian refugee crisis, and the destruction of Iraq's southern marshes.

In 2008, Flintoff sailed on a French warship to cover the hunt for pirates off the coast of Somalia, and in 2009 he visited the mountains of Haiti, reporting on efforts to restore the country's devastated forests.

Flintoff joined NPR as a newscaster in 1990. For years, he was a part of NPR listeners' homeward commutes, reporting the latest news at the start of each hour of All Things Considered. He referred to newscasting as "news haiku" — distilling the day's complex events into short, straightforward stories that give listeners a fair grasp of what's going on in the world at any given time. Flintoff has also been heard as a reporter for NPR's newsmagazines, as a fill-in host, and as Carl Kasell's understudy on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. He performs in radio dramas and travels frequently to speak on behalf of NPR member stations.

Flintoff is part of NPR's "Alaska Mafia," which includes Peter Kenyon, Elizabeth Arnold, and other top reporters who got their start with the Alaska Public Radio Network. He was APRN's executive producer for seven years, hosting the evening newsmagazine Alaska News Nightly. He also freelanced for NPR, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Monitor Radio and the Associated Press. Flintoff won a 1989 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for his coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Prior to APRN, Flintoff worked as a reporter and news director for KYUK-AM/TV in Bethel, Alaska, and KSKA-FM in Anchorage. He wrote and produced a number of television documentaries about Alaskan life, including "They Never Asked Our Fathers" and "Eyes of the Spirit," which have aired on PBS and are now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Flintoff's first radio experience was at a bilingual English-Yup'ik Eskimo station in Bethel, Alaska, where he learned enough Yup'ik to announce the station identification. He tried commercial herring fishing, dog-mushing, fiction writing, and other pursuits, but failed to break out of the radio business.

Flintoff has a bachelor's degree from University of California at Berkeley and a master's from the University of Chicago, both in English Literature.



Tue April 5, 2011

Japan's Nuclear Crisis Stokes Fears In India

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, has stoked fears in India, which is about to embark on a nuclear reactor building binge that could increase the country's nuclear power generating capacity six-fold.

Top nuclear officials in India say the country's existing reactors are safe and that the next generation of power plants will be even safer.

But some Indian nuclear experts say the country's nuclear establishment is so secretive that it's impossible to say how safe the program may be.

Close Calls

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Mon April 4, 2011

Gandhi Biography Causes Furor In India

A new book on Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi has sparked a furor in India, prompting at least one Indian state to propose banning it.

The book itself hasn't been released in India yet, but politicians are reacting to a review that highlighted passages suggesting that Gandhi may have been bisexual.

That was too much for people who venerate Gandhi as the Mahatma, who pioneered nonviolent protest and led India to independence from the British Empire.

The proposed ban has also prompted many people to defend the author's right to publish.

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Wed March 30, 2011

Former Taliban Reconcile With Afghan Government

When Gen. David Petraeus testified before Congress recently, the top American commander in Afghanistan gave a generally upbeat assessment — but he acknowledged that military successes won't win the war.

Afghan-led reintegration "of reconcilable insurgents must also be an important element of the strategy — and it now is," he told lawmakers on March 15.

Petraeus said some 700 former Taliban have already reconciled with the government.

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Tue March 29, 2011

India, Pakistan Stop For Crucial Cricket Game

Throughout the Asian subcontinent normal life is expected to come to a standstill Wednesday.

The semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup features an unrivaled rivalry: India vs. Pakistan. Some 100 million viewers are expected to watch a broadcast of the match from Mohali, in the Indian border state of Punjab.

Defeat for either side is not an option.

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Fri March 18, 2011

With Spring, Comes Fighting Season In Afghanistan

Spring is coming to Afghanistan — and with it, the start of the yearly fighting season between insurgents, the government and the NATO-led coalition.

Afghan officials say the fighting season will be a test of the gains made last year, especially around Kandahar, after President Obama ordered a surge of 30,000 additional troops into the country.

The southern city was the birthplace of the Taliban movement and a stronghold for the insurgents.

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