Julie McCarthy

Julie McCarthy has traveled the world as a foreign correspondent for NPR, heading NPR's Tokyo bureau, reporting from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and covering the news and issues of South America. In April 2009, McCarthy moved to Islamabad to open NPR's first permanent bureau in Pakistan.

Before moving to Islamabad, McCarthy was NPR's South America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. McCarthy covered the Middle East for NPR from 2002 to 2005, when she was dispatched to report on the Israeli incursion into the West Bank.

Previously, McCarthy was the London Bureau Chief for NPR, a position that frequently took her far from her post to cover stories that span the globe. She spent five weeks in Iran during the war in Afghanistan, covered the re-election of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and traveled to the Indian island nation of Madagascar to report on the political and ecological developments there. Following the terror attacks on the United States, McCarthy was the lead reporter assigned to investigate al Qaeda in Europe.

In 1994, McCarthy became the first staff correspondent to head NPR's Tokyo bureau. She covered a range of stories in Japan with distinction, including the Kobe earthquake of 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the turmoil over U.S. troops on Okinawa. Her coverage of Japan won the East-West Center's Mary Morgan Hewett Award for the Advancement of Journalism.

McCarthy has also traveled extensively throughout Asia. Her coverage of the Asian economic crisis earned her the 1998 Overseas Press Club of America Award. She arrived in Indonesia weeks before the fall of Asia's longest-running ruler and chronicled a nation in chaos as President Suharto stepped from power.

Prior to her assignment in Asia, McCarthy was the foreign editor for Europe and Africa. She served as the Senior Washington Editor during the Persian Gulf War; NPR was honored with a Silver Baton in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for its coverage of that conflict. McCarthy was awarded a Peabody, two additional Overseas Press Club Awards and the Ohio State Award in her capacity as European and African Editor.

McCarthy was selected to spend the 2002-2003 academic year at Stanford University, winning a place in the Knight Journalism Fellowship Program. In 1994, she was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii in 1994



Sat May 14, 2011

Pakistan Grills Army But Still Condemns U.S.

Pakistan's parliament unanimously approved a resolution condemning the U.S. Bin Laden mission as a "violation of Pakistan's sovereignty" on Saturday, calling to review the country's "terms of engagement with the United States." It warned Pakistan could cut supply lines to American forces in Afghanistan if there were more such attacks.

The Parliament also said all U.S. drones attacks "must be stopped forthwith."

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Sun May 8, 2011

Pakistan Angry Over What It Didn't Know

The covert American operation that assassinated Osama Bin Laden has sparked widespread public anger in Pakistan. The biggest question: How could the U.S. have entered Pakistani territory and taken out the world's most wanted man without the knowledge of Pakistan's military? NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.


Thu May 5, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Pakistan Address Questions About Bin Laden Raid

Originally published on Thu May 5, 2011 6:41 pm

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir briefs the media about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 5. Bashir said that the accusations that Pakistan's intelligence agency colludes with al-Qaida are false and cannot be substantiated.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan's army says it wants the United States to reduce its military footprint in that country. The decision is an apparent protest of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. operation on the al-Qaida chief's compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad is now the subject of a Pakistani army investigation.

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Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Neighbors Didn't Question Pakistani Compound



The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed has been sealed off since yesterday by Pakistani troops. News reporters were kept several hundred yards from the building until just a short time ago.

NPR's Julie McCarthy managed to reach the outer perimeter of the compound. After spending the day speaking with neighbors, she joins us now.

Julie, can you tell us what you're seeing?

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Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

Bin Laden Raid Targeted Islamabad Suburb

Helicopters descended on a fortified compound in a wealthy Islamabad suburb and a small contingent of the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in a raid.