Steve Drummond is the Senior National Editor for NPR News. He oversees the network's national news coverage and a team of more than 70 reporters, producers and editors in Washington and NPR's domestic bureaus, including coverage of business and economics, national security, and the arts.
Drummond joined NPR as the education editor in August 2000. Three years later, he became the senior editor of All Things Considered. In 2004, Drummond returned to the national desk to edit coverage of poverty and welfare, education, religion, and crime and punishment. He moved into his current position in 2007.
His work at NPR has been honored with many of journalism's highest awards, including two Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Silver Batons and three Edward R. Murrow Awards. He was part of the teams of reporters and editors in NPR's critically-acclaimed coverage of the 9/11 attacks; Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath; and the historic 2008 election.
Drummond's work with NPR Correspondent Laura Sullivan and Producer Amy Walters on a six-month investigation into sexual assault of Native American women earned a 2009 duPont Award. The next year, Drummond edited a Peabody-winning series by Sullivan, "36 Years of Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice on Angola," which also earned a 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a 2008 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Sullivan's three-part series, "Bonding for Profit," exposed deep flaws in the bail bonds system in this country. The series, which was edited by Drummond, earned a 2010 Peabody and a 2011 duPont award. It was also recognized by the Scripps Howard Foundation; Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; the American Bar Association and the Newspaper Guild.
Prior to joining NPR, Drummond spent six years as an editor at Education Week. He has been a reporter with The Tampa Tribune and The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and at the Associated Press in Detroit. Drummond wrote for a variety of publications including The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The New York Times, and Teacher magazine.
In the early 1990's, Drummond left journalism temporarily for an even lower-paying and harder-working profession: a year as a middle and high school teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and master's degrees in journalism and education, from the University of Michigan