Steve Drummond is the Senior National Editor for NPR News. He oversees the network's national news coverage and a team of more than 60 reporters, producers and editors in Washington and domestic bureaus around the country, including coverage of national security, education, social issues, 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.
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 has written for a variety of publications including The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The New York Times, and Teacher magazine.
At NPR, his work has been honored with many of journalism's highest awards, including three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont Columbia University awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and Edward R. Murrow awards.
Drummond's work with NPR Correspondent Laura Sullivan and Producer Amy Walters on an investigation into sexual assault of Native American women earned a 2009 duPont Award. The next year, Drummond edited a series by Sullivan, "36 Years of Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice on Angola," which also earned a Peabody, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. A three-part series, "Bonding for Profit," exposed deep flaws in the bail bonds system in this country. The series, reported by Sullivan and edited by Drummond, earned a 2010 Peabody and a 2011 duPont award. A series examining South Dakota's system for handling Native American children in foster care won a 2011 Peabody Award.
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.