Didi Schanche is NPR's Deputy International Editor, managing coverage of breaking news, issues of international policy and features from around the world. She has a particular mandate to oversee NPR’s coverage from Africa and Latin America.
A journalist since 1981, Schanche began her career as a freelance correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Cairo, Egypt. In 1982 she was hired by The Associated Press as a reporter based in Montgomery, Alabama. After two years, she moved to the foreign desk at AP headquarters in New York, and then two years later was sent to Nairobi, Kenya, to cover East Africa. After seven years covering East Africa, Schanche moved to AP's Middle Eastern headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus to edit copy from reporters and stringers throughout the Middle East. In 1995, she and her family returned to the United States. After several years as Assistant Foreign Editor at The Washington Times, Schanche made the jump from print reporting to radio in 2001 and joined NPR.