Nicole Beemsterboer is the Senior Producer of Investigations at NPR, where she oversees the conceptualization, development, and execution of the network's investigative reporting across all platforms and coordinates the team's internal and external news partnerships.
Since joining the team in 2013, she has produced and edited some of NPR's most ambitious reporting projects, from a series exposing the U.S. military's secret race-based chemical weapons testing program in World War II to uncovering a dramatic surge in complicated black lung, a deadly coal miners' disease, in Appalachia. Her work on the 2017 series, Lost Mothers, with NPR's Renee Montagne and ProPublica's Nina Martin, helped start a national conversation on the state of maternal care across the country.
Beemsterboer has been recognized with journalism's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award in 2014, 2015, and 2017, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award in 2015 and 2017, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and The Gerald Loeb Award.
Previously, Beemsterboer served as a producer for NPR's daily flagship news program, Morning Edition. She covered the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Syrian civil war in 2013 from Beirut, and the West Africa Ebola outbreak from Liberia in 2014. Beemsterboer is a graduate of Indiana University and began her career in public radio as a reporter at NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana.
More than 8,000 Syrians cross the border into neighboring countries each day. Lebanon has the biggest urban refugee population in the region, and the highest number of unregistered Syrians. The U.N. says despite its best efforts, Syrian refugees in Lebanon can still expect to wait at least four months before receiving help.
U.N. peacekeepers from the Philippines were held for a third day on Friday. Meanwhile, the rebels holding them have called for government troops to leave the area.
The blasts took place near government and military buildings in one of the deadliest days in the capital since the uprising began almost two years ago.