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Pam Fessler

Correspondent, National Desk

Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

In her reporting, Fessler covers homelessness, hunger, and the impact of the recession on the nation's less fortunate. She reports on non-profit groups, how they're trying to address poverty and other social issues, and how they've been affected by the economic downturn. Her poverty reporting was recognized by a 2011 First Place Headliner Award in the human interest category.

Previously, Fessler reported primarily on homeland security, including security at U.S. ports, airlines, and borders. She has also reported on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 Commission investigation, and such issues as Social Security and election reform. Fessler was also one of NPR's White House reporters during the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Before becoming a correspondent, Fessler was the acting senior editor on the Washington Desk and oversaw the network's coverage of the impeachment of President Clinton and the 1998 mid-term elections. She was NPR's chief election editor in 1996, and coordinated all network coverage of the presidential, congressional, and state elections. Prior to that role, Fessler was the deputy Washington editor and Midwest National Desk editor.

Before coming to NPR in 1993, she was a senior writer at Congressional Quarterly magazine. Fessler worked at CQ for 13 years as both a reporter and editor, covering tax, budget, and other news. She also worked as a budget specialist at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and was a reporter at The Record newspaper in Hackensack, NJ.

Fessler has a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from Douglass College in New Jersey.

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A Giving History: Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases Americans' Charitable Acts

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Republicans Renew Push For More Voting Restrictions

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A sign sits on a sidewalk outside the Interfaith Food Pantry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in February in Albany, N.Y. Congress may be under more pressure than usual to cut safety net spending — health care, housing assistance, welfare and food aid — to help pay for Trump's tax cut plans. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Anti-Poverty Advocates Brace For How Trump Will Fill In Policy Blanks

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Despite Concerns, Voting Goes Smoothly Across The Country

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What To Make Of The Claims Of Vote-Rigging And Voter Intimidation

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Democratic Party Sues GOP Over Alleged Voter Intimidation

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Plans To Watch Polls For Fraud Raise Fears Of Intimidation

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Ian Watlington, with the National Disability Rights Network, pauses at the doorway of a Washington, D.C., recreation center used as a polling place. He says the door, which has a stationary bar down the middle, would be too narrow for him to enter if he was in his motorized wheelchair. He can barely get through in his manual chair. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Voters With Disabilities Fight For More Accessible Polling Places

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Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst

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Voting: 5 Things To Do Before Heading To The Polls

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Election Experts Share Tips On How To Avoid Voting Issues At The Polls

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How Clinton And Trump Plan To Address The Issue Of Poverty

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