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Mike Shuster

Senior Fellow

Mike Shuster worked for NPR for more than thirty years, initially as editor of Weekend All Things Considered, then as New York correspondent, and for twenty-three years as foreign correspondent from 1989 to the end of 2012.

Among his many assignments, he covered the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and the end of communism in Russia. He was part of NPR’s award-winning team that covered the 9/11 attacks, and two years later, that covered the US invasion of Iraq.

He reported from Israel and the Palestinian territories and the Russian war in Georgia. He made numerous trips to Iraq as one of NPR’s regular correspondents staffing NPR’s Baghdad bureau.

For the entire time that Shuster worked as a foreign correspondent, he played a leading role in NPR’s coverage of Iran, especially the story of Iran’s emerging nuclear program. During those years he made fourteen trips to Iran, more than any other American reporter.

Among many other stories, in 2007 he was part of a small group of reporters who were permitted a visit to two of Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan and Iran’s only nuclear reactor, at that time under construction at Bushehr on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast.

In 2009, Shuster was covering the election campaign in Iran, when demonstrations broke out all over Tehran, with millions of Iranians taking to the streets to challenge what they believed was a fraudulent and stolen election.

He has received many awards, including DuPont awards for team coverage of the Gulf War, September 11th and its aftermath, the war in Afghanistan, and the Iraq war (2004 and 2007). He was part of the team that won a Peabody for September 11th coverage. And he received an Overseas Press Club award in 2003 for his series, “The Middle East: A Century of Conflict.”

After Shuster left NPR at the end of 2012, he created The Great War Project, tracing the unfolding of the First World War a century after it took place. Currently he is writing a blog for the project: “Catastrophe, A Blog of World War One.” It can be found at the project’s website,