For almost 25 years Anne Garrels was the senior foreign correspondent for NPR reporting from around the globe, including Russia and the other former Soviet republics, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, China, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. She arrived in Baghdad six months before the 2003 US invasion, stayed during the US bombing campaign and continued to cover Iraq for the next seven years. Before joining NPR in 1986 she was ABC’s bureau chief and correspondent in Moscow and Central America, and the State Department correspondent for NBC.
She chronicled the US invasion of Iraq in her book Naked in Baghdad. In 2016 her second book Putin Country—Travels in the Real Russia charted the aftermath of the break-up the Soviet Union by focusing on the provincial region of Chelyabinsk, 1000 miles east of Moscow. Her regular visits there since 1993 provide a unique understanding of what Russians have experienced, and what they think about themselves, their country and the world.
Garrels is on the board of The Committee to Protect Journalists and was a long-time board member of Oxfam America.
She was married for 30 years to political cartoonist Vint Lawrence. He died in 2016 of acute myeloid leukemia while she was recovering from lung cancer. She continues to live in their family home in northwest Connecticut.