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NPR’S Foreign Coverage Gains New Leadership

Chapin comes from CNN, Schanche promoted

NPR News has announced that it has hired longtime CNN Vice President and Bureau Chief Edith Chapin to head its international coverage.

As Senior Foreign Editor, Chapin will manage correspondents in 17 bureaus around the world as well as a team of editors and reporters in Washington, D.C. She starts on May 14.

Joining Chapin at the helm of NPR’s international coverage will be Didi Schanche, who has been promoted to deputy senior foreign editor.

Foreign affairs might be said to be in Chapin’s blood. Growing up, she lived in Brazil, Ethiopia and Guatemala as the daughter of a Foreign Service officer. She speaks fluent Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Chapin started at CNN in 1987 and soon became a field producer, covering the first Gulf War and the U.S. invasion of Panama. In the ’90s, she reported on events in Bosnia, Rwanda, Zaire and Ireland.

For more than a decade, Schanche served as NPR’s Foreign Desk editor, coordinating coverage of national security, Africa and Latin America and leading NPR’s reporting during the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.Schanche previously worked for the Associated Press as East Africa correspondent and Middle East editor.