Wade Goodwyn
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Wade Goodwyn

Correspondent, National Desk, Dallas

Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

Over the last 15 years, Goodwyn has reported on many of the nation's top stories. He's covered the implosion of Enron, the trials of Jeff Skilling and Kenneth Lay, and the prosecution of polygamist Warren Jeffs. Goodwyn's reporting has included the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Denver. He covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the school shootings in Paducah Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Among his most recent work has been the wrongful prosecution and conviction of black and Hispanic citizens in Texas and Louisiana. With American and Southwest Airlines headquartered in his backyard, coverage of the airline industry is also a constant for Goodwyn.

As Texas has moved to the vanguard in national Republican politics, Goodwyn has been at the front line as what happens politically in Texas, which is often a bellwether of the coming national political debate. He has covered the state's politicians dominating the national stage, including George W. Bush, Tom Delay and rising GOP star Texas Governor Rick Perry

Before coming to NPR, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.

Goodwyn graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history.

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Texas Lawmakers Revive 'Bathroom Bill' With Proposal For Public Schools

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Texas Wants To Set Its Own Rules For Federal Family Planning Funds

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In Austin, Texas, Republican Lawmakers Promote State Governing Power

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In Texas, Officials Probe Shooting Of Unarmed Black Teenager

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Multiple Deaths Reported As Tornadoes, Floods Roll Through South, Midwest

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Homeland Security Announces Decline In Illegal Mexican Border Crossings

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An inmate exercises while another sits on his bunk at the Maricopa County tent city jail for inmates who are in the country illegally on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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In Arizona, Program To Recruit Police To Help ICE Agents Gets Mixed Reviews

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Religious Conservatives And Pro-Business Republicans Split Over Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

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Austin is phasing out and banning short-term rentals, causing some owners to fight back. Other homeowners will be glad to see them go. In East Austin, this type of rental property is mixed in with regular homeowners Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News hide caption

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In Austin, A Boom In Short-Term Rentals Brings A Backlash

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In this Oct. 10, 2015, photo, Baylor head coach Art Briles watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Big 12 Votes To Withhold Revenue From Baylor Pending Review

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a news conference at the Texas Republican Convention on May 13, 2016, in Dallas. There is a "bathroom bill" proposal in the Texas legislature that could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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'Bathroom Bill' Fight Brewing In Texas

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Trump Nominates Rick Perry To Lead Department Of Energy

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Funeral Directors Weigh In On Texas Rule Requiring Burial Of Fetal Remains

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U.S. Immigrant Youths Fear Deportation Under Trump

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