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Richard Gonzales

Correspondent, San Francisco, National Desk

Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.

Gonzales joined NPR in May 1986. He covered the U.S. State Department during the Iran-Contra Affair and the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Four years later, he assumed the post of White House Correspondent and reported on the prelude to the Gulf War and President George W. Bush's unsuccessful re-election bid. Gonzales covered the U.S. Congress for NPR from 1993-94, focusing on NAFTA and immigration and welfare reform.

In September 1995, Gonzales moved to his current position after spending a year as a John S. Knight Fellow Journalism at Stanford University.

In 2009, Gonzales won the Broadcast Journalism Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He also received the PASS Award in 2004 and 2005 from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for reports on California's juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

Prior to NPR, Gonzales was a freelance producer at public television station KQED in San Francisco. From 1979 to 1985, he held positions as a reporter, producer, and later, public affairs director at KPFA, a radio station in Berkeley, CA.

Gonzales graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and social relations. He is a co-founder of Familias Unidas, a bi-lingual social services program in his hometown of Richmond, California.

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Immigrants Fear Data Collected Under DACA Could Give Government Deportation Power

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort a man who was arrested in a New York City apartment building. New York is a city that won't detain noncitizens on behalf of the federal government. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators gathered near the White House on March 11 to protest President Trump's travel ban on six Muslim countries. Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Travel Ban Blocked Nationwide By Federal Judges In Hawaii, Maryland

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The CAFE standards that set fuel efficiency marks for the auto industry will be reopened for review, the Trump administration says. Here, vehicles refuel at a roadside gas station in New Mexico. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Reopens U.S. Rules Setting Vehicle Efficiency Standards For 2025

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Artwork and signatures cover a fence around the Pulse nightclub, scene of a mass shooting, in Orlando, Fla. Noor Salman, widow of gunman Omar Mateen, is accused of aiding her husband's attack. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions before making a statement Monday on issues related to visas and travel at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Rush Begins For Contractors Who Want In On Border Wall Construction

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Frank Gehrke (right), California's chief snow surveyor checks the weight of the snowpack on a scale. Scientists say the snowpack is 185 percent of average, which is welcome news after the state's long drought. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Investigators work at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., following a mass shooting in June 2016. A California judge has ruled that Noor Salman, the widow of the gunman, Omar Mateen, can be released pending her trial on charges of aiding her husband's attack. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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Customs and Border Protection agents stand at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday, Feb. 10. One memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security says the government will hire new ICE officers and Border Patrol agents, but it doesn't mention hiring more immigration judges. Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Overwhelmed Courts Could Limit Impact Of Adding Immigration Officers

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Memos signed by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, seen at a news conference earlier this month at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, lay out a number of immigration-enforcement measures, such as expedited deportation proceedings for unauthorized immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for up to two years. Denis Poroy/AP hide caption

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