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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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Women's Marches Across The Country Highlight Numerous Issues

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Adam Eidinger (at right, in hat), a leader of DC Cannabis Coalition, and other volunteers roll marijuana joints they plan to hand out for free on Inauguration Day. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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From Glitter To Free Joints, Trump Protesters Plan To Get Their Message Out

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Senate Banking Committee Grills HUD Nominee Ben Carson In Hearing

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HUD Secretary Julian Castro hopes his likely successor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, will come to support many of HUD's programs, but worries whether he'll roll back a new fair housing rule. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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HUD's Castro Worries That Housing Rule Could Be Rolled Back

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Charitable Giving Sees Big Bump In 2016

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Vigils Honor The Homeless Who Died As They Lived: On The Streets

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No Permits Yet Granted To Expected Inauguration Protesters

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(Left) A firefighter's boot used to collect money from motorists for the "Fill the Boot" campaign for muscular dystrophy which started in 1954. (Center) A Habitat for Humanity belt was used by a volunteer in rebuilding homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. (Right) Bucket used by Jeanette Senerchia in 2014 launching the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Courtesy of National Museum of American History hide caption

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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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