Beth Donovan

Deputy Washington Editor

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Beth Donovan 2010
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Beth Donovan is the Deputy Washington Editor for NPR News.

On a daily basis, Donovan edits NPR's coverage of the White House. She also plans series and features for the Washington Desk.

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

Upon joining NPR in 1995, Donovan spent nine years as editor and producer of NPR's election coverage. During the election off season, she did freelance writing and editing and occasionally worked part time in various positions in the NPR newsroom. After the 2006 presidential election, Donovan spent a year and a half working in NPR Digital Media. In that time, Donovan developed a summer books project and created the weekly Kitchen Window cooking column.

From 1987-1994, Donovan was a political reporter for Congressional Quarterly. She covered politics, campaign finance, congressional leadership, and the 1994 healthcare debate. Prior to that, Donovan worked as a researcher and booker at CBS News.

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

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