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Beth Donovan 2010
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Beth Donovan

Senior Washington Editor

Beth Donovan is the Senior Washington Editor for NPR News. She drives the network's coverage of politics and policy, leading an award-winning team of journalists covering the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, and American politics. Previously the Deputy Washington Editor, Donovan was tapped to head the Washington Desk in 2014 as part of a network initiative to integrate audio, digital and social storytelling.

For the 2008, 2004 and 2000 presidential elections as well as many mid-terms in between, Donovan was NPR's lead elections editor. In this role she guided coverage of the elections on NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as special coverage of primaries, conventions and election night.

During the off years, Donovan was a freelance writer and occasional NPR editor. After the 2004 campaign, she worked part-time in NPR's Digital Media group, where she developed a summer books project and created the weekly Kitchen Window cooking column.

Donovan began her journalism career in the CBS News Election Survey Unit and later covered politics, campaign finance, congressional leadership, and the 1994 healthcare debate for Congressional Quarterly.

Donovan graduated magna cum lade from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

A runner, reader and cook, Donovan lives in D.C. with her husband. Her four children have mostly flown from the nest.

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