Peter Overby 2010 i
Doby Photography/NPR
Peter Overby 2010
Doby Photography/NPR

Peter Overby

Power, Money and Influence Correspondent

As NPR's correspondent covering campaign finance and lobbying, Peter Overby totes around a business card that reads Power, Money & Influence Correspondent. Some of his lobbyist sources call it the best job title in Washington.

Overby was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia silver baton for his coverage of the 2000 campaign and the 2001 Senate vote to tighten the rules on campaign finance. The citation said his reporting "set the bar" for the beat.

In 2008, he teamed up with the Center for Investigative Reporting on the Secret Money Project, an extended multimedia investigation of outside-money groups in federal elections.

Joining with NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook in 2009, Overby helped to produce Dollar Politics, a multimedia examination of the ties between lawmakers and lobbyists, as Congress considered the health-care overhaul bill. The series went on to win the annual award for excellence in Washington-based reporting given by the Radio and Television Correspondents Association.

Because life is about more than politics, even in Washington, Overby has veered off his beat long enough to do a few other stories, including an appreciation of R&B star Jackie Wilson and a look back at an 1887 shooting in the Capitol, when an angry journalist fatally wounded a congressman-turned-lobbyist.

Before coming to NPR in 1994, Overby was senior editor at Common Cause Magazine, where he shared a 1992 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for magazine writing. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Congressional Quarterly Guide to Congress and Los Angeles Times to the Utne Reader and Reader's Digest (including the large-print edition).

Overby is a Washington-area native and lives in Northern Virginia with his family.

[+] read more[-] less

The apparent Republican nominee, Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in Manhattan on the night of his victory in Indiana. View Press/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption View Press/Corbis via Getty Images
Will Donald Trump Get Back The $38 Million He Lent His Campaign?
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476783557/476783558" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
In Maryland, Political Money Flows Ahead Of Upcoming Elections
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/475631284/475631285" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"I may hold this office for another 14 months. But I'm not going anywhere," President Obama told Organizing for Action last November in Washington, D.C. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Pool/Getty Images
Grass-Roots Group Born Of Obama Campaign Now Helps Push His Causes
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/474303205/474325044" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Protesters with a coalition of progressive groups sit in front of the U.S. Capitol steps Monday as part of the Democracy Spring demonstration. Peter Overby/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Peter Overby/NPR
Hundreds Protesting Political System Arrested On Capitol's Steps
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/473874785/473912292" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders shake hands before the start of the Washington Post-Univision Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College in Miami on March 9. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

toggle caption Wilfredo Lee/AP

Members of the Democracy Spring coalition set out Saturday, trudging past Independence Hall in Philadelphia on their way to Washington, D.C. Peter Overby/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Peter Overby/NPR
Once Ruled By Washington Insiders, Campaign Finance Reform Goes Grass Roots
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/473005036/473005037" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, campaigns in Wisconsin on Thursday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images
For Some SuperPACs Backing Ted Cruz, It's Time To Unite Against Trump
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/471762400/471762401" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Conservatives Lobby Around Supreme Court Nomination
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/470776627/470776628" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jeb Bush speaks to an audience of voters on Feb. 18 in Columbia, S.C. Bush dropped out of the GOP presidential race two days later, after finishing a distant fourth in the state's primary. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Does Jeb Bush's Fall Mean Presidential SuperPACs Are Overrated?
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/467704545/467704546" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript