Emily Harris

International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.

Over her career, Harris has served in multiple roles within public media. She first joined NPR in 2000, as a general assignment reporter. A prolific reporter often filing two stories a day, Harris covered major stories including 9/11 and its aftermath, including the impact on the airline industry; and the anthrax attacks. She also covered how policies set in Washington are implemented across the country.

In 2002, Harris worked as a Special Correspondent on NOW with Bill Moyer, focusing on investigative storytelling. In 2003 Harris became NPR's Berlin Correspondent, covering Central and Eastern Europe. In that role, she reported regularly from Iraq, leading her to be a key member of the NPR team awarded a 2005 Peabody Award for coverage of the region.

Harris left NPR in December 2007 to become a host for a live daily program, Think Out Loud, on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Under her leadership Harris's team received three back to back Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show, and a share in OPB's 2009 Peabody Award for the series "Hard Times." Harris's other awards include the RIAS Berlin Commission's first-place radio award in 2007 and second-place in 2006. She was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University in 2005-2006.

A seasoned reporter, she was asked to help train young journalist through NPR's "Next Generation" program. She also served as editorial director for Journalism Accelerator, a project to bring journalists together to share ideas and experiences; and was a writer-in-residence teaching radio writing to high school students.

One of the aspects of her work that most intrigues her is why people change their minds and what inspires them to do so.

Outside of work, Harris has drafted a screenplay about the Iraq war and for another project is collecting stories about the most difficult parts of parenting.

She has a B.A. in Russian Studies from Yale University.

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Goats and Soda
7:05 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Israeli Dads Welcome Surrogate-Born Baby In Nepal On Earthquake Day

Now this is an international baby: Born to a surrogate mom in Nepal (who was implanted with an egg from a South African donor) and now living in Israel with his parents, Amir Vogel Greengold (left) and Gilad Greengold.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 12:19 am

The sperm came from Israel. It was frozen and flown to Thailand, where a South African egg donor awaited. After the egg was fertilized, the embryo traveled to Nepal and was implanted in the Indian woman who agreed to serve as the surrogate mother.

And roughly nine months later, there was a big, bouncing earthquake.

The world of international surrogacy is ... pretty complicated.

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Parallels
5:55 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

One of the first homes going up on land bought and sold as part of a Canadian-Palestinian investment firm's effort to properly register plots. Much land in the West Bank is not registered and has no title deed, creating problems for economic development.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 6:55 pm

High on a West Bank hilltop, the extended Dissi family gathered on a recent weekend for a day out in the Palestinian countryside.

Aunts, uncles and cousins came to see the half-built weekend home of Taysier Dissi, an electrician and father of three. The concrete-block shell, with windows set and stairs roughed in, is placed just right for the view.

This will be the family's getaway from their home in the cramped confines of Jerusalem's often tense Old City. Dissi paid about $30,000 for one-third of an acre here, bought from a Palestinian-Canadian company, UCI.

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Goats and Soda
10:48 am
Mon April 13, 2015

And The Fate Of The Hermaphrodite Goat Is...

In Gaza, all hermaphroditic goats will go to heaven. On Sunday, authorities ordered the slaughter of this animal — which had male sex organs and udders — lest people mistakenly believe that its milk had special powers. And if another hermaphrodite goat turns up, it too will face the knife.
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Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:23 pm

The male milk-giving goat of Gaza has been turned into meat.

Owner Jaser Abu Said sold the goat for the 400 Jordanian dinars (close to $600) that he and his business partner spent on it. He found a buyer willing to slaughter the goat for meat. And he stuck around to witness the goat's demise personally, along with representatives from the Gaza government.

Why government officials at a goat slaughtering — which happens pretty frequently in Gaza?

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Parallels
7:25 am
Sun April 12, 2015

With Few Choices, Gaza Family Makes Bombed-Out Shell Its Home

The ground floor walls of the Otaish family's home are gone and the rest of the house is also bombed out, but they have decided to live in what's left of it.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 6:18 pm

In Gaza, reconstruction is happening, but slowly. Months after the war between Israel and Hamas, the main United Nations organization tracking progress, UNRWA, says fewer than half the homes it has assessed as "damaged" have been repaired, and not one of the over 9,000 totally destroyed homes has been rebuilt.

Facing few choices, some families have decided to live in what's left of their bombed out homes.

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Goats and Soda
3:05 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

A Hermaphrodite Goat Could Be The Ultimate Scapegoat

The owners of this Gaza goat say it is a hermaphrodite: male private parts and an udder.
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Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 9:23 am

The goat trade is a good business in Gaza. Every couple of weeks, Abdel Rahman and his business partner, Jaser Abu Said, buy half a dozen young goats imported from Israel and sell them for meat.

Last time, they got something unusual. Of the five goats they bought, for about $600 each, one was a hermaphrodite.

By all appearances, it was male, with a large build and visible male sex organs. But it also had udders. And gave milk.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

After Reelection Win, Netanyahu Faces Demands From Right-Wing Base

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:09 pm

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The Salt
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

A Palestinian Bedouin girl milks a sheep in her family's makeshift camp in the West Bank. Herders live close to their animals, their main source of income.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

In spring, West Bank almond trees bloom white. Dry brown hills turn temporarily green and are dotted with bright wildflowers. The ewes and nanny goats of Bedouin herders that wander the West Bank eat well this time of year.

It's cheese season.

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Politics
5:37 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

After Netanyahu Win, What's Next For Israel Still Unknown

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:27 pm

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NPR Story
5:09 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Netanyahu Emerges With Victory In Israeli Election

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:23 pm

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Politics
5:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Netanyahu Hopes To Win 4th Term In Israeli Election

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

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Middle East
5:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu Faces A Big Test As Israelis Head To Polls

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:24 am

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Middle East
7:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 11:03 am

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Parallels
1:27 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water

The Bedouin camp has a black plastic water tank near a school built from mostly mud and tires.
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Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 1:45 pm

On Moshav Na'ama, a big Israeli farm in the West Bank inside the wide Jordan Valley, Inon Rosenblum raises fresh herbs for export.

He hires Palestinians to work the fields and pack the crops. The farm is 300 feet below sea level, a desert climate where irrigation is mandatory. Rosenblum won't say exactly how much water he uses, or exactly where it comes from.

"From wells," he says. "In the mountains." Then he changes the subject.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

In Israeli Election, Arab Sportscaster Runs On Ticket Of Mainstream Jewish Party

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:07 pm

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 6:55 pm

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Parallels
7:51 am
Thu March 5, 2015

In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

Shoppers walk through a market in downtown Jerusalem last November, shortly before Israel's coalition government collapsed. As Israel prepares for elections on March 17, the diverse population has very different notions of what the country should look like.
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Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 1:58 pm

Israel's March 17 election is two years earlier than it should be, thanks to the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government in December. Contributing to the breakup was an impassioned debate over whether a stronger legal emphasis on the country's Jewish character would ultimately make Israel less democratic.

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Middle East
5:16 am
Wed March 4, 2015

How Jewish Should Israel Be? 2 Israelis Voters Have Answers

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:52 am

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Parallels
8:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Granted Only By Husband's Permission

In Gett, the character Viviane Ansalem wants a divorce but her husband will not give permission. In Israel, if you're Jewish, even if you're not religious, you have to be divorced by Jewish law.
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Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 3:07 pm

In Israel, religious law governs family matters.

For a Jewish divorce, an Orthodox rabbi oversees a ritual that begins with the husband placing a folded decree, called a get or gett, into the wife's cupped hands. But that paper can be hard to obtain, because the husband can refuse to grant the divorce.

A new Israeli film playing in the U.S. shows how patriarchal Jewish divorce laws can trap even secular women for years.

The film is a drama called Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem. Viviane wants a divorce but needs her husband's permission.

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Middle East
4:56 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Israeli Candidate Made A Name For Himself By Slashing Cell Phone Rates

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 6:40 pm

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Middle East
5:08 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Israel Beefs Up Plans To Help European Jews Move To Israel

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 7:57 am

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