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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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Virginia Food Bank Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Hunger

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Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

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A polling station in Virginia during the state's primary election in March 2016. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Little Evidence Of Fraud, White House Launches Voting Commission

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Anna Marie McClanahan (center) helps children write stories by using Legos to create scenes. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Under Trump Budget, Nearly 2 Million Kids May Lose After-School Care

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Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Funding For Major After-School Program

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Samirah Franklin, 19, is lead organizer of the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project. She lives in West Baltimore, near where the violence and looting broke out after Freddie Gray's funeral two years ago. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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2 Years After Unrest, Baltimore's Youth Are 'Still Fighting For The Basics'

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Two Years After Freddie Gray's Death, What Is The State Of Baltimore's Youth?

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A view of a ballot scanner at a New York City Board of Elections voting machine facility warehouse just before last November's election. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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State And Local Officials Wary Of Federal Government's Election Security Efforts

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How To Protect The Next Election From Hacking

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Volunteers gather bags of groceries for people seeking assistance at a food pantry in Concord, Mass. Many groups that help low-income families get food aid say they've seen an alarming drop recently in the number of immigrants applying for help. Yoon S. Byun/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

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A man walks by the Farragut Houses, a public housing project in Brooklyn, N.Y. The budget blueprint President Trump released Thursday calls for the cutting of billions of dollars in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

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A police officer votes at Belmont High School on Feb. 9, 2016, in Belmont, N.H., during the New Hampshire presidential primary. The state's lawmakers are now debating bills that would tighten residency requirements for new voters. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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State Republicans Push For More Restrictive Voting Laws

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