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Don Gonyea

National Political Correspondent

Although Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., he spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate throughout the country. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Gonyea chronicled the controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battles in the courts. At the same time George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Gonyea started as NPR's White House Correspondent. He was at the White House on the morning of September 11, 2001, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.

As White House correspondent, Gonyea covered the Bush administration's prosecution of wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq and during the 2004 campaign he traveled with President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. In November 2006, Gonyea co-anchored NPR's coverage of historic elections when Democrats captured control of both houses of the US Congress. In 2008, Gonyea was the lead reporter covering the entire Obama presidential campaign for NPR, from the Iowa caucuses to victory night in Chicago. He was also there when candidate Obama visited the Middle East and Europe. He continued covering the White House and President Barack Obama until spring 2010, when he moved into his current position.

Gonyea has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Doha, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He attended President Bush's first ever meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Slovenia in 2001, and subsequent, at times testy meetings between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Bratislava. He also covered Mr.Obama's first trip overseas as president.

In 1986, Gonyea got his start at NPR reporting from Detroit on labor unions and the automobile industry. He spent countless hours on picket lines and in union halls covering strikes, including numerous lengthy work stoppages at GM in the late 1990s. Gonyea also reported on the development of alternative fuel and hybrid-powered automobiles, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted-suicide crusade, and the 1999 closing of Detroit's classic Tiger Stadium — the ballpark of his youth.

Over the years Gonyea has contributed to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He periodically teaches college journalism courses.

Gonyea has won numerous national and state awards for his reporting. He was part of the team that earned NPR a 2000 George Foster Peabody Award for the All Things Considered series "Lost & Found Sound."

A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is an honors graduate of Michigan State University.

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A 'Messy, Messy Beginning' At Democrats' Breakfast In Philadelphia

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At Democratic Convention Kickoff Breakfast, Outgoing Chairwoman Booed

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John McCain Avoids Republican Convention To Focus On Re-Election

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Scott Klein, 55, is a long-haul truck driver and former Sanders supporter. He is undecided which candidate he will vote for in the coming election, but does not like Trump, which sets him apart from most of the other drivers he talks to. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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Detroit's Working Class Men Split On Donald Trump

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Disagrees With Donald Trump On Key Issues

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Trump Expected To Name Pence As Running Mate, Sources Tell NPR

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Long List Of Prominent Republicans Refuse To Attend Cleveland Convention

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Detroit Working Class Men Split On Donald Trump

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., joins Senate Democrats in calling for stricter gun control legislation in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando last week. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Rejects 4 Gun Proposals Inspired By Orlando Attack

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Merchandise supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sits on a table outside a campaign rally in Muscatine, Iowa, on Jan. 24. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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F-Bomb On A T-Shirt: At Trump Rallies, Profanity Comes Onstage And Off

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Donald Trump Pivots On Guns In Wake Of Orlando Mass Shooting

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Donald Trump Responds To Mass Shooting In Orlando

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Union members at the regular monthly meeting of Local 1123 in Canton, Ohio, before the United Steelworkers national office gave its official endorsement to Democrat Hillary Clinton. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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Stuck Between Clinton And Trump: Rust Belt Union Voters Face A Tough Choice

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