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John Ydstie

Correspondent/Host

John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street and the federal budget for NPR for two decades. In recent years NPR has broadened his responsibilities, making use of his reporting and interviewing skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. His current focus is reporting on the global financial crisis. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.

During 1991 and 1992 Ydstie was NPR's bureau chief in London. He traveled throughout Europe covering, among other things, the breakup of the Soviet Union and attempts to move Europe toward closer political and economic union. He accompanied U.S. businessmen exploring investment opportunities in Russia as the Soviet Union was crumbling. He was on the scene in The Netherlands when European leaders approved the Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union.

In August 1990, Ydstie traveled to Saudi Arabia for NPR as a member of the Pentagon press pool sent to cover the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. During the early stages of the crisis, Ydstie was the only American radio reporter in the country.

Ydstie has been with NPR since 1979. For two years, he was an associate producer responsible for Midwest coverage. In 1982 he became senior editor on NPR's Washington Desk, overseeing coverage of the federal government, American politics and economics. In 1984, Ydstie joined Morning Edition as the show's senior editor, and later was promoted to the position of executive producer. In 1988, he became NPR's economics correspondent.

During his tenure with NPR, Ydstie has won numerous awards. He was a member of the NPR team that received the George Foster Peabody for its coverage of 9/11. Ydstie's reporting from Saudi Arabia helped NPR win the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1991 for coverage of the Gulf War. Prior to joining NPR, Ydstie was a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio. While there, he was awarded the Clarion Award for his report "Vietnam Experience and America Today."

A graduate of Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN, Ydstie earned a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, with a major in English literature and a minor in speech communications.

Ydstie was born in Minneapolis, and grew up in rural North Dakota.

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Some Tax-Cut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul, Go For Quick Win

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Trump's Flip-Flops On Economics Move Policies Toward The Status Quo

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Head Of The Federal Reserve Bank Of Richmond Resigns Over Improper Disclosure Of Information

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Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates By 0.25 Percent

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Fed To Announce Whether It Will Raise Interest Rates

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For Refugees In Germany, Hope And Frustration Mark Path Toward Integration

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Trump, GOP At Odds Over 'Border Adjustment' Tax

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Trump Signs Executive Action To Roll Back Some Financial Regulations

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Trump's Proposed Border Tax Would Negatively Affect U.S. Consumers

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Trump Vows 'Big Border Tax' For U.S. Manufacturers That Move Jobs Abroad

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Senate Panel Peppers Treasury Secretary Designate Mnuchin With Questions

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Trump Treasury Nominee Defends Role In Foreclosure Crisis

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Mnuchin Likely To Face Questions Over Role In Foreclosures

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