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Sarah McCammon
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Sarah McCammon

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Sarah McCammon is a reporter covering the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast for NPR's National Desk. During the 2016 election cycle, she was NPR's lead political reporter assigned to the Donald Trump campaign. In that capacity, she was a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast and reported on the GOP primary, the rise of the Trump movement, divisions within the Republican Party over the future of the GOP and the role of religion in those debates; that work earned her a rare invitation inside a closed-door meeting between evangelical leaders and Trump soon after he clinched the nomination.

In addition to politics, McCammon has a special interest in science and health journalism and frequently reports on abortion and reproductive health in her current role.

Prior to joining NPR in 2015, McCammon reported for NPR member stations in Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska, where she often hosted news magazines and talk shows. She's covered debates over oil pipelines in the Southeast and Midwest, agriculture and environmental issues in Nebraska, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Iowa, and coastal environmental issues in Georgia.

McCammon began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter. She traces her interest in news back to childhood, when she would watch Sunday morning roundtable shows – recorded on the VCR during church – with her father on Sunday afternoons. In 1998, she spent a semester serving as a U.S. Senate Page. She's received numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the Atlanta Press Club's "Excellence in Broadcast Radio Reporting" honor in 2015.

McCammon is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a proud Midwesterner. She spent a semester studying at Oxford University in the U.K. while completing her undergraduate degree at Trinity College near Chicago.

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Christian Teen Magazine 'Brio' Returns With A 'Biblical Worldview'

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The Uninjured Victims Of The Virginia Tech Shootings

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The Unsung Equestrian Heroes Of World War I And The Plot To Poison Them

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Redistricting Reform Advocates Say The Real 'Rigged System' Is Gerrymandering

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In Virginia, Advocates Hope To Engage Voters In Redistricting Reform Efforts

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Voices From 'A Day Without A Woman'

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About 35 percent of the patients at this clinic in York, Pa., receive Medicaid. The clinic offers STD testing, cancer screening and contraception services as well as abortion services. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Public Clinics Fear Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood Would Strand Patients

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Bjorn Mustard of Chesapeake, Va., (left) says he felt depressed and uncomfortable before coming out as transgender. Brian Hopkins of Mathews County, Va., (right) says he believes transgender teens are confused and he supports rolling back protections for transgender students. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Wind turbines and farm equipment now dot Horace Pritchard's land, where he raises corn, soybeans, and other crops. He also receives payments for hosting nine of the more than 100 wind turbines now operating near Elizabeth City, N.C. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That's Changing

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West Virginia Families Worry About Access To Addiction Treatment Under Trump

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In West Virginia, Men In Recovery Look To Trump For A 'Helping Hand'

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In Living Rooms Around The Country, Activists Organize To Oppose Trump

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Social Conservatives Are Excited By Trump's Pick To Join The Supreme Court

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