For immediate release
March 26, 1998


NPR's Elizabeth Arnold to Travel Across America to Bring Fresh Perspective to Political Issues as Mid-Term Elections Draw Near


Washington, D.C. - National Public Radio's veteran national political correspondent Elizabeth Arnold will be traveling throughout the country covering this years mid-term elections. With Seattle as her home base, Arnold will focus not only on congressional and state races, but also on local issues that have national impact. Arnold recently received the 1997 Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.

"We think that having Elizabeth Arnold outside of Washington, D.C., will bring a fresh perspective to our political coverage, and one that is very relevant to our listeners lives today," said political editor Pam Fessler. "At the same time, Elizabeth brings with her years of experience covering issues in the nations capital. We fully expect she will integrate that knowledge with whats going on politically around the country to produce insightful reports that cant be found elsewhere."

One of the nation's most respected radio voices, Arnold reported on the 1996 and 1992 presidential campaigns, covering the candidacies of former Senator Bob Dole and President George Bush. She has been widely praised for her insightful and vivid reporting on the shift in power when Republicans took control of Congress following the 1994 mid-term elections.

Arnold has been a Washington Bureau national correspondent since 1991. Her work for NPR has also extended beyond politics, from coverage of the U.S.-Canadian salmon wars to a story about zoning an Alaskan glacier.

Arnold is a recipient of the distinguished 1994-95 duPont Columbia Silver Baton Award, and also won the 1994 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award.

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