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JJ Sutherland covers the Pentagon for NPR. Since 2004 he has regularly spent time in Iraq as part of NPR's award-winning team of reporters and producers who have dedicated themselves to covering the conflict.
He won many awards for other coverage, which mean a lot to many journalists, but perhaps not so much to anyone else.
He has also reported from Afghanistan and the Israeli Lebanon war in 2006. In between overseas assignments, Sutherland was senior producer at large for NPR, working at just about every position in the building, from blogger to editor to producer to management.
Before covering conflicts, he was the founding executive producer of both NPR's midday newsmagazine Day to Day and The Tavis Smiley Show. As assistant managing editor, he opened NPR West in California.
Prior to coming to work at NPR he was the producer of WNYC's On The Media in New York, and also worked for WBUR in Boston.
He grew up in Denver and Boston, occasionally attended college, and has an only slightly disturbing affinity for bad science fiction.