Deborah Amos is an international correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and has been for decades. But, when she began her radio career, it didn’t exist. Instead, she quit her producer job with NPR to pursue a career as a correspondent. From Beirut and Baghdad to Amman and Cairo, Amos has reported on nearly every major story in the Middle East since 1982. Has her gender been a challenge while reporting from the region over the last 30 years? “No.” In fact, she says it was a treasured asset, enhancing her reporting on civilians impacted by the conflicts she reported on. But, she got her initial launch from an unlikely and unplanned project.

An unplanned source delivered hundreds of hours of tape to NPR, which Amos used to help make history:

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