Nick Schifrin is ABC News' reporter covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this role he reports for all ABC News broadcasts, including "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer"... Read More »
Nick Schifrin is ABC News' reporter covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this role he reports for all ABC News broadcasts, including "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Good Morning America," as well as ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service.
He also regularly files for ABC News' digital platforms, including ABCNEWS.com and ABC News NOW.
Schifrin was one of the first foreign journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden's death, and broadcast the first video from inside bin Laden's compound.
He has covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than three years and covered nearly every major event in the region during that time, beginning with Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
In Afghanistan, Schifrin has extensively covered the United States military surge, reporting from Kandahar and Helmand since the summer of 2009. He has embedded with American soldiers and marines and traveled with American Army generals throughout southern Afghanistan.
He covered the 2009 and 2010 elections and documented corruption within the Afghan government.
He has traveled extensively through the country, filing reports on how Afghans in northern Afghanistan feel about increasing violence and how Afghans in western Afghanistan have run their political campaigns.
Schifrin has also covered the war from the other side of the border, traveling to Pakistan's tribal areas and the Swat Valley with the Pakistani military to report on its fight with the Taliban.
He has documented the militant safe havens that exist in the tribal areas, and covered the sacrifices Pakistan's military has made while fighting militants. Schifrin has also traveled extensively throughout Pakistan, documenting how Pakistanis interact with their media, civil society, and politicians.
Additionally, Schifrin has reported from eastern Libya during the beginning of the rebels' offensive, and from Iraq, including the battle for Sadr City in May 2008.
Before moving to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Schifrin lived in India, where he interviewed the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and won an Emmy for his work on the global food crisis' effect on India in 2008. He was one of the first international reporters to arrive on the scene following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. While based in India, he covered the Bangladesh and Myanmar cyclones.
As a producer from 2002 to 2007, Schifrin covered Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Hurricane Wilma in southern Florida. In 2003 he covered Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign for California governor, and in 2004 he reported on the presidential campaigns, traveling with Senator John Kerry and Senator John Edwards after the Democratic convention.
In 2006 Schifrin helped create the "World News" webcast, a daily 15-minute program designed specifically for the digital audience delivered via iTunes and ABCNEWS.com.
Schifrin began at ABC News as an overnight desk assistant in 2002. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from Columbia University, where he was the managing editor of The Columbia Daily Spectator.
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