NPR’s series of daily news reports about the conflict in Syria was wide ranging, balanced and in depth. Veteran foreign correspondent Deb Amos provided critical context and explanation in her reporting that helped listeners understand the complex sectarian and regional factors at play. Her reporting from inside Syria at the scene of a massacre and the capitol Damascus documented spikes in violence. Correspondent Kelly McEvers brought a focus on individual stories that made the conflict real in human terms. With mainstream reporters banned from travel to Syria, her extensive reporting on YouTube distributed videos of the fighting filmed by activists shed light on what was happening.