Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon is NPR's international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to taking this assignment in 2010, Kenyon spent five years in Cairo covering Middle Eastern and North African countries from Syria to Morocco. He was part of NPR's team recognized with two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards for outstanding coverage of post-war Iraq.

In addition to regular stints in Iraq, he has followed stories to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco and other countries in the region.

Arriving at NPR in 1995, Kenyon spent six years in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of positions including as a correspondent covering the US Senate during President Bill Clinton's second term and the beginning of the President George W. Bush's administration.

Kenyon came to NPR from the Alaska Public Radio Network. He began his public radio career in the small fishing community of Petersburg, where he met his wife Nevette, a commercial fisherwoman.

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Middle East
7:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

In Viennese Media Center, Iranian Journalists Dance Delicately Around Pitfalls

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Parallels
5:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Istanbul Bookstore Caters To Syrian Refugees In Need Of A Good Read

Pages bookstore partner and manager Samer al-Kadri (center) talks with customers. The Syrian founded a publishing company in Damascus, but fled when the war made it impossible to run. He wound up in Istanbul, where he noticed a lack of books in Arabic, and took it upon himself to serve the community.
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Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:14 pm

After four years of war, Syrians are everywhere in Istanbul — on street corners, squatting in abandoned buildings. But a new venture run by Syrian and Turkish book lovers aims to be a cultural oasis for Arabic readers, and, along the way, give Turks a fuller picture of the Syrians, Iraqis and Libyans increasingly filling the city.

In a painstakingly restored old wooden house in a working class neighborhood, Syrians, Iraqis and Turks mingled recently amid the shelves of the Pages bookstore.

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Middle East
4:28 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Turkey Welcomes Syrian Refugees As Kurds Close In On ISIS

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:50 pm

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Turkish President's Ruling Party Loses Majority In Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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Middle East
7:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

ISIS Attack On Kobani Looms Over Turkish Elections

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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Parallels
5:45 am
Tue June 2, 2015

In Turkey, Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter

Demonstrators in the Turkish capital of Ankara hold posters of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly killed by a bus driver after fighting off a sexual assault. The posters read: "End killings of women."
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Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:30 pm

Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull.

It started with a visit to Kaya's hometown by well-known Turkish folk singer Sibel Can. Can was a judge on a moderately popular TV singing show, and she was convinced Kaya could be a star.

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World
4:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

U.S., Turkey Divided On Support For Rebel Forces In Syria

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:01 pm

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Middle East
6:43 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Ahead Of Summit, Gulf States Doubt America's Mideast Policies

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 2:14 pm

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World
5:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Limited Cease-Fire Set To Begin In Yemen On Tuesday

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

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World
5:27 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Turkey's Armenian Artists Honor Their Community's Past

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 6:23 pm

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