Common Ground Host

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson


Soraya is a veteran American journalist who was the program director at KCRW Berlin and spent most of her 13 years at NPR as an international correspondent running the U.S. public radio network’s bureau in Kabul, Cairo and Berlin.

She’s won numerous awards for her radio work, including a Peabody, Overseas Press Club Award and a Gracie. She also received the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.Prior to her radio career, Nelson spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter and was part of the Newsday team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800.


Common Ground Berlin is a podcast and funded solely through grants and listener support. It belongs to the non-profit organization Common Ground Berlin e.V.