Philip Reeves

Philip Reeves is an award-winning veteran foreign correspondent who covers Europe out of NPR's bureau in London.

Reeves has spent two decades working as a journalist overseas, reporting from a wide range of places including the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Asia.

A member of the NPR team that won highly prestigious Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University and George Foster Peabody awards for coverage of the conflict in Iraq, Reeves has been honored several times by the South Asian Journalists Association.

In 2010, Reeves moved to London from New Delhi after a stint of more than seven years working in and around South Asia. He traveled widely in India, taking listeners on voyages along the Ganges River and the ancient Grand Trunk Road. He also made numerous trips to cover unrest and political turmoil in Pakistan.

Reeves joined NPR in 2004, after spending 17 years as a correspondent for the British daily newspaper, The Independent. During the early stages of his career, he worked for BBC radio and television after training on the Bath Chronicle newspaper in western Britain.

Over the years, Reeves has covered a wide range of stories - from the Waco siege, to the growth of the Internet, Boris Yeltsin's erratic presidency, the economic rise of India, and conflicts in Gaza and the West Bank, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Graduating from Cambridge University, Reeves earned a degree in English literature. He and his wife have one daughter. His family originates from New Zealand.



Fri May 13, 2011
Middle East

After Agreement, Palestinians Feel Stirrings Of Hope

The reconciliation agreement between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas is already having an impact in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. After a childhood dominated by misery and war, Yusef Ali is finally daring to hope. The winds of change that came with the Arab spring have swept into the benighted pocket of coastal desert in which he's been trapped for his whole life. Ali's only 27, yet he's spent the last four years living like a pensioner. He's been paid — but he's banned from working, because he's a soldier in the Palestinian Presidential Guard.

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Fri April 29, 2011

Westminster Abbey Packed With Wedding Guests

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Phil Reeves, who is keeping tabs on the wedding ceremony. The events have been planned with military precision.


Fri April 29, 2011

Kate Middleton To Marry Her Prince

Britain's royal wedding has been planned like a military operation. Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Philip Reeves, who is monitoring the ceremony.


Wed April 27, 2011

England's Las Vegas Awaits Royal Wedding Day

Britain's Royal Wedding is the biggest national celebration in 30 years. Prince William marries Kate Middleton on Friday and the British are planning a big party. Blackpool is in England's north, and residents there embrace a good party.


Tue April 26, 2011
William And Kate: The Royal Wedding

Royal Union Brings Out Indifference In Many Brits

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 am

In one of their last public appearances before their wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Witton Country Park in Darwen, England, on April 11.
Tim Hales AP

Shortly after dawn on Friday morning — a full five hours before the show actually starts — Irene Bunn will plant herself in front of her TV, forget her worldly worries, and wait in joyous fascination for two people nearly a third her age to arrive at the altar and take their vows.

She's no drinker, but later in the day she'll make an exception and treat herself to a celebratory glass of wine.

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