For immediate release
February 5, 2001
Laura Gross, NPR

New Assignments For NPR News Reporters

WASHINGTON---NPR News has moved Washington, DC-based and field reporters to new positions covering Washington and politics, as well as coverage from regional bureaus.

Don Gonyea, a regional and national political reporter out of NPR's Detroit bureau has taken over as the new White House correspondent. Pam Fessler will continue as a back-up reporter at the White House. Mara Liasson will become NPR's National Political Correspondent; based in Washington, she will spend considerable time outside the beltway.

On Capitol Hill, NPR News is introducing a new team led by Steve Inskeep, coming from the campaign trail and the Pentagon, as well as David Welna, coming most recently from NPR's Chicago bureau and before that, as a foreign correspondent in Latin America. Tom Gjelten will be the new National Security Correspondent.

Elizabeth Arnold, based in Seattle, will change her focus from politics to become a National Correspondent focussing on land use issues in the west and interior west. Brian Naylor will become a Mid-Atlantic regional correspondent based in DC, but ranging over several states. Mary Ann Akers is re-locating to the Chicago bureau to cover regional news and trends in the Midwest.

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