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Funding shortfall forces UN to cut food aid to Afghanistan as hunger hits record highs


Nick Schifrin is the foreign affairs and defense correspondent for PBS NewsHour. He directs NewsHour’s daily foreign coverage, including numerous trips to Ukraine since the full-scale invasion, and has created week-long series for NewsHour from nearly a dozen countries.
The PBS NewsHour series “Inside Putin’s Russia” won a 2017 Peabody Award and the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. In 2020, Schifrin received the Arthur Ross Media Award from the American Academy of Diplomacy for his distinguished foreign affairs reporting and analysis. He was a member of NewsHour teams that received a 2021 Peabody for COVID-19 coverage and a 2023 duPont Columbia Award for coverage of Afghanistan and Ukraine.
Prior to PBS NewsHour, Schifrin was Al Jazeera America’s Middle East correspondent. He led the channel’s coverage of the 2014 war in Gaza; reported on the Syrian war from Syrian Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian borders; and covered the annexation of Crimea. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his coverage of Gaza and a National Headliners Award for his coverage of Ukraine.
From 2008 to 2012, Schifrin served as ABC News correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011, he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the death of Osama bin Laden and delivered one of the biggest exclusives of the year: the first inside video from bin Laden’s compound. His reporting helped ABC News win an Edward R. Murrow Award for its coverage of bin Laden.
Schifrin is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Overseas Press Club Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


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