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Washington DC
Journalist — First Look Media
As seen in:  First Look Media, NPR, PBS
Covers:  north africa, social media, arab spring, geopolitics, middle east

Real-time news DJ & occasional journalist, but *not* a social media guru. Author of the book Distant Witness. NPR alum, now at First Look Media.

Knight-Batten Award

2011 - Special Distinction Award
Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, NPR's Andy Carvin has pioneered a new form of journalism, using his online followers to piece together and validate real-time reports that documented historic events in the Middle East. By using his Twitter account as a newsgathering operation, he has demonstrated how reporting can be done remotely and created a highly engaged community of more than 50,000 Twitter followers.

A refugee family, a song and a moment of hope — There's a video I saw on YouTube earlier this week, and I can't get it out of my head. It begins somewhat abruptly, showing a middle-aged man singing to himself while driving a van, filmed by someone in the passenger seat.

Scenes from an Iran deal opposition rally — "WHERE Y'ALL FROM?" the woman behind me asked no one in particular. She was wearing a Cat-In-The-Hat cap decorated red, white and blue; how she wasn't sweating to death in this heat was completely beyond me. "I came in all the way from Kansas," one woman chimed in.

This is not a debate about graphic photos. This is a catastrophe. — There's a photo you should look at, but I don't want to start another fight. There's been too much bickering as of late whenever someone posts a graphic photo online that also happens to be newsworthy. We could spend the entire day navel-gazing over what's "appropriate" and what's not.

Two years on, Egyptian photographer Shawkan remains in jail — Two years ago today, Egyptian photographer Shawkan was arrested while documenting the Rabaa Massacre. He remains in jail without trial. It's been two years to the day since Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as Shawkan, was arrested in the chaos of Cairo's Rabaa Square.

Six people stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride march — A Jewish fundamentalist attacked Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade Thursday, July 30, stabbing six participants before he was apprehended by police. The chaos of the scene was caught on camera by an eyewitness viewing the parade from a balcony. The assailant, Yishai Schlissel, is the very same man who stabbed several marchers during Jerusalem's 2005 Gay Pride parade.

Obama announces re-opening of US embassy in Cuba — In brief remarks at the White House this morning, President Obama announced that the US will re-open its embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.
Jul 01, 2015

RT @reportedly: US embassy in Cuba, circa 1940. Obama just announced US will reopen an embassy this summer.…

Instagram becomes a stream of rainbows in celebration of marriage equality — Instagram is awash with colors of the rainbow as the US Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

Marriage equality, in the Supreme Court's own words — In the minutes following the US Supreme Court's ruling in favor of marriage equality, tweeted some of the highlights from the ruling. Here's a taste of what the court wrote.

Sexist Nobel-winning scientist resigns but #DistractinglySexy lives on — Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt resigned from his honorary professorship at University College London on June 11 after igniting a firestorm 48 hours earlier by suggesting women scientists should be segregated from men. In a statement, UCL confirmed his resignation: UCL can confirm that Sir Tim Hunt FRS has today resigned from his position as Honorary ...

US Supreme Court: Americans born in Jerusalem can't list "Israel" as birthplace on passports — This morning, the US Supreme Court ruled that Congress overstepped its authority when it passed a law in 2002 allowing US citizens born in Jerusalem to list "Israel" as their place of birth on passports. The case began not long after the birth of Menachem Zivotofsky to US citizens in Jerusalem.
Jun 08, 2015

RT @reportedly: US Supreme Court: Americans born in Jerusalem can't list Israel as birthplace on passports…

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Oct 06, 2015

@corjohbrooker I left npr 2 yrs ago so I don’t know what they’ve done with my old lists.

Oct 05, 2015

@nicolaslimbc I’m tied up the next two days; can it wait til later this week?

Oct 05, 2015

Some thoughts on the Cronkite discussion I cluelessly precipitated at #ColbyJournoCon.… cc @haubner2 @sar_dont_care

Oct 05, 2015

The passing of Cronkite’s grandson explains the reticence of Colby students wanting to discuss Walter. My condolences. (2/2) #ColbyJournoCon

Oct 05, 2015

Very sorry to hear that Walter Cronkite’s grandson, a Colby student, passed away last year. (1/2) #ColbyJournoCon

Oct 05, 2015

@jhaubner2 @aaronchimbel There was no shaming intended. I asked in my tweet if it had been due to shyness. I wish they’d explained why then.

Oct 04, 2015

@BevfromNYC You must not hang out with the journalists I do. :-)

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