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Arezou Rezvani

Arezou Rezvani is a senior editor for NPR's Morning Edition and founding editor of Up First, NPR's daily news podcast.

Much of her work centers on people experiencing some of the worst days of their lives. She's traveled alongside NPR hosts to cover Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the Taliban's surge back to power from Pakistan, and helped tell the stories of Yemeni refugees stuck in Djibouti and children in towns across the U.S. devastated by opioid addiction.

Her work on a multi-part series about children and the opioid addiction won a Gracie Award in 2019. She was awarded a White House News Photographer Association Award for Politics is Personal, an audio/visual project she led ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

In 2014, she led an investigation into the Pentagon's 1033 program, which supplies local law enforcement with surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. The findings were cited by lawmakers during hearings on Capitol Hill and contributed to the Obama administration's decision to scale back the program.

Rezvani holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and bachelor's degrees in political science and French from the University of California, Davis.