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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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Capitol Hill Hearings Probe Russian Efforts To Hack U.S. Elections

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Russians Believed To Have Used Spear-Phishing In Election Hacking

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A ballot scanner in New York City ahead of last November's election. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know?

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'Intercept' Article Reveals NSA Report On Russian Cyberattack

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Report: Russia Launched Cyberattack On Voting Vendor Ahead Of Election

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson drew controversy last month when he said in a radio interview that "poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind." Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson Clarifies Comment That Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Clarifies Remarks About Poverty

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson appeared on SiriusXM's Town Hall hosted by Armstrong Williams earlier this week. Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM hide caption

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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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