Juana Summers

Congressional Reporter

Juana Summers is a congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primaries and general election. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. She then traveled with Paul Ryan after he accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination. After the 2012 election, Summers began covering defense policy and veterans issues on Capitol Hill.

Summers has her reporting roots in Missouri. She has covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM.

Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Summers is a regular guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and a frequent guest on CNN's "Inside Politics", MSNBC's "Weekends With Alex Witt" and other cable news programs. She was a commentator for BET during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Summers served one term on the board of directors of the Online News Association, the largest non-profit organization of digital journalists. She is an alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the New York Times Journalism Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists Reporters Institute.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Summers is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She is also currently pursuing a master's degree in media management from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Baltimore Launched Martin O'Malley, Then Weighed Him Down

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A label on a bag of popcorn indicates it is a non-GMO food. House Republicans on Thursday voted in favor of a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels

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House Bill Would Cut Off Federal Funds For Sanctuary Cities

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Jeb Bush Promises To 'Challenge The Whole Culture' Of Washington

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Congress Considers Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind Standards

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House And Senate Lawmakers Work To Revise No Child Left Behind Law

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Congress Leaves For Recess Without Reauthorizing Export-Import Bank

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images hide caption

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Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

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House Advances Bill To Give President Obama Fast Track Trade Authority

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Supreme Court To Announce Decision On Obamacare Subsidies

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Obama's 11th-Hour Push Fails To Sway House On Trade Deal

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Skeptical House Democrats Still Not Sold On Trade Pact

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his daughter Riley attend a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals. Curry should be seen as a role model, pundits say. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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NTSB, Amtrak Heads Testify Before Congress On Philadelphia Derailment

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