Deborah Amos

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

Amos travels extensively across the Middle East covering a range of stories including the rise of well-educated Syria youth who are unqualified for jobs in a market-drive economy, a series focusing on the emerging power of Turkey and the plight of Iraqi refugees.

In 2009, Amos won the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University and in 2010 was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Life Time Achievement Award by Washington State University. Amos was part of a team of reporters who won a 2004 Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award for coverage of Iraq. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1991-1992, Amos was returned to Harvard in 2010 as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School.

In 2003, Amos returned to NPR after a decade in television news, including ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline.

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. 

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) and Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World (Simon and Schuster, 1992).

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



Mon April 11, 2011

Egypt Update



Next door in Egypt, former President Hosni Mubarak may be out of power but is back on the airwaves. In an audiotape broadcast by an Arab satellite channel, Mubarak said he and his family were hurt by allegations of corruption, which he insists are false.

Egypt's public prosecutor doesn't seem impressed - he issued a summons yesterday for Mubarak and his two sons to face an anti-corruption panel. That move came amid new tensions between the protest movement in Egypt and the military counsel that succeeded Mubarak.

Read more


Wed April 6, 2011

Response To Arab Uprisings Causes U.S.-Saudi Rift

Defense Secretary Robert Gates spent a few hours in Riyadh on Wednesday, to thaw deeply damaged relations Gates is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Saudi Arabia since the wave of uprisings began in the Arab world.

Those uprisings have sparked tensions in U.S.-Saudi relations. In a rare open disagreement with the Obama administration, King Abdullah chastised the president for abandoning Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime ally.

The Saudis have since developed a more aggressive regional policy.

Read more


Tue April 5, 2011
Middle East

In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood's Youth Seek Voice

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest Islamist group, is facing a generation gap. Repressed and jailed during President Hosni Mubark's regime, the movement now has the freedom to organize a legal political party. But a youth wing is challenging the leadership.

Read more


Fri April 1, 2011
Middle East

In Post-Uprising Egypt, Everyone's Feeling The Pinch

Thousands of Egyptians filled Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to call for the prosecution of top members of the former government.

The protest had one of the largest turnouts since the popular uprising that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak in February. But it fell far short of the millions who turned out at the height of the revolution.

Egyptians are finding that uprisings are expensive. The economy is suffering from uncertainty — and everyone feels the pinch.

'It's A Matter Of Panic'

Read more


Tue March 29, 2011

Egypt's College Campuses Rocked With Unrest

Cairo's Tahrir Square, where millions protested and brought down Egypt's former regime, has returned to normal. But across the capital, college campuses have been rocked by continuing unrest.

The military police dispersed the largest gathering with force last week, leaving more than a dozen hospitalized. Within a day of the military police crackdown at Cairo University, students had resumed their protest.

Read more