Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon is NPR’s foreign correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey, covering the Iran crisis and the business of Persian Gulf oil.

Prior to taking this assignment in 2010, Kenyon spent five years in Cairo covering Middle Eastern and North African countries from Syria to Morocco. He was part of NPR's team recognized with two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards for outstanding coverage of post-war Iraq.

From 2001 to 2005, Kenyon was based in Jerusalem and covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition to regular stints in Iraq, he has followed stories to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco and other countries in the region.

Arriving at NPR in 1995, Kenyon spent six years in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of positions including as a correspondent covering the US Senate during President Bill Clinton’s second term and the beginning of the President George W. Bush’s administration.

Kenyon came to NPR from the Alaska Public Radio Network. He began his public radio career in the small fishing community of Petersburg, where he met his wife Nevette, a commercial fisherwoman.




Fri June 17, 2011
Middle East

Syrians Flee Government Crackdowns

Originally published on Fri June 17, 2011 4:39 pm

A family prepares dinner in Syria. Many of the people who have gathered in the makeshift camp at the border say they are waiting for family members before crossing into Turkey.
Peter Kenyon NPR

Just outside the Syrian village of Khirbet Al-Jouz, a 27-year-old Syrian named Ali splashes water on his face in a muddy creek.

He jokingly cries out, "Syria hurra! ["Free Syria!"]"

In a valley framed on one side by Syrian mountains and on the other by the Turkish border, tents and blankets are strewn across the hillside. Displaced Syrians continue to make their way over rough mountain roads and trails to the northwestern corner of the country. Free Syria, for these uprooted farm families, is a long valley studded with evergreens and strewn with boulders.

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Fri June 17, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Activist Dodges Authorities On Streets, Online

When one man first began writing about the uprising against the regime in Syria, he was terrified. But now he and other Syrians realize there is a certain measure of virtual freedom to be had online. He uses his real name in interviews now, and believes Syrians will not go back to living in fear of the authorities.


Wed June 15, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Refugee: 'We Had To Run'

Syrian refugees greet each other at the Turkish Red Crescent camp in Hatay, Turkey, less than 2 miles from the Syrian border, on Wednesday.
Mustafa Ozer AFP/Getty Images

As Syrian troops continue their crackdown against demonstrators in the north of the country, more Syrians are massing on the border with Turkey. Nearly 8,500 Syrians are already seeking refuge there, and Turkish officials are scrambling to keep the situation from getting out of hand.

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Mon June 13, 2011

Arab Spring Leaves Egypt In An Economic Slump

A vegetable seller waits for customers at Ataba market in Cairo. Tourism has dropped since the revolution that removed President Hosni Mubarak from office, and Egypt's economy is sagging.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Following the revolution that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, the country's economy is sagging — tourism has plummeted, unemployment is soaring and poverty is spreading.

This week, a delegation of U.S. business leaders is expected to visit the Arab world's most populous state, looking to give the economy a boost.

In Cairo, it's easy to see how devastating the Arab Spring has been to economies in the Mideast and North Africa. Nowhere has the damage been greater than in Egypt.

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Fri June 10, 2011

Turkey's Ruling Party Poised For Election Victory

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters during an election rally for his Justice and Development Party, or AK Party. Critics are concerned that the party could win a two-thirds majority in Parliament, which would allow them to rewrite the constitution without input from secular forces or the public.
Adem Altan AFP/Getty Images

The party of Turkey's sitting prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is poised to win a third term in power when Turks go to the polls Sunday.

Turkey's secular opposition, having failed to convince voters that the ruling party has a "secret Islamist agenda," is hoping to keep the government from winning a two-thirds majority in Parliament. If it does, the Justice and Development Party, known as the AK Party or AKP, could rewrite Turkey's Constitution essentially without constraint.

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