Alex Leff is a digital editor on NPR's International Desk, helping oversee coverage from journalists around the world for its growing Internet audience. He was previously a senior editor at GlobalPost and PRI, where he wrote stories and edited the work of international correspondents.
Among his proud achievements, Leff helped edit GlobalPost's investigation into the Catholic Church's pattern of reshuffling priests accused of abuse into South American parishes, a series that won a Religion News Association award in 2016.
Earlier in his career, Leff reported in Spain and Costa Rica. In San José, Costa Rica, Alex was a reporter for Reuters, the online editor at The Tico Times newspaper and a correspondent with GlobalPost, among other outlets.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Leff earned a master's in journalism in Spanish at the University of Barcelona in conjunction with Columbia University.
Iran is holding a presidential election on Friday. If polls are right, a hard-liner close to the supreme leader will win, with an exceptionally low voter turnout.
"What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered," the pope said in an interview in the film Francesco, which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.
Here is a selection of original reporting from NPR's international correspondents that may have slipped under your radar amid the heavy barrage of news in 2018.
The question remains unsolved, according to a Senate hearing Tuesday. But an FBI investigation is casting doubt on the theory that embassy staff were the victims of "sonic attacks."