Ron Elving Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, where he is frequently heard as a news analyst and writes regularly for NPR.org.
Ron Elving at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Ron Elving

Senior Editor and Correspondent, Washington Desk

Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, where he is frequently heard as a news analyst and writes regularly for NPR.org.

He is also a professorial lecturer and Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University, where he has also taught in the School of Communication. In 2016, he was honored with the University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment. He has also taught at George Mason and Georgetown.

He was previously the political editor for USA Today and for Congressional Quarterly. He has been published by the Brookings Institution and the American Political Science Association. He has contributed chapters on Obama and the media and on the media role in Congress to the academic studies Obama in Office 2011, and Rivals for Power, 2013. Ron's earlier book, Conflict and Compromise: How Congress Makes the Law, was published by Simon & Schuster and is also a Touchstone paperback.

During his tenure as manager of NPR's Washington desk from 1999 to 2014, the desk's reporters were awarded every major recognition available in radio journalism, including the Dirksen Award for Congressional Reporting and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 2008, the American Political Science Association awarded NPR the Carey McWilliams Award "in recognition of a major contribution to the understanding of political science."

Ron came to Washington in 1984 as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association and worked for two years as a staff member in the House and Senate. Previously, he had been state capital bureau chief for The Milwaukee Journal.

He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of California – Berkeley.

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Week in politics: Jury selection in Trump trial, House vote and Speaker Johnson

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Saturday

Week in politics: Trump responds to new abortion laws; Biden's plan for student loans

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President Biden gestures after speaking about student loan debt relief at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisc., on Monday. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Week in politics: Biden under pressure for Israel policy after attack on aid workers

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Saturday

Week in politics: Republicans' House majority dwindles; Sen. Joe Lieberman dies

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Independent Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced attorney, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Nicole Shanahan to the Kennedy campaign as his vice presidential running mate during an event in Oakland, Calif., on March 26. Anadolu via Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Week in politics: Congress averts partial government shutdown, Blinken in Israel

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 27, 2016 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Week in politics: Biden's partisan State of the Union address, RNC's Trump takeover

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Sunday

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Week in politics: Dueling border visits, immigration reform, Biden on Gaza

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Saturday

Week in politics: Roe v. Wade and the presidential race; 2 years of Russia's invasion

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Sunday

Former President Donald Trump greets supporters at his caucus night watch party at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Feb. 8 in Las Vegas. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Week in politics: Biden wants House Republicans to pass aid to Ukraine

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Saturday

Week in politics: Biden cleared in classified documents case, Trump faces charges

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Tuesday

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference about impeaching Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last winter. Anna Rose Layden/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a news conference during the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue, at the State Department, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Saturday

Week in politics: Trump owes E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million, aims to tanks border deal

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Va., on Jan. 23, to campaign for abortion rights, a top issue for Democrats in the upcoming presidential election. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Houthi fighters and tribesmen stage a rally against the U.S. and the U.K. strikes on Houthi-run military sites near Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. AP hide caption

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Week in politics: Trump leads polls ahead of Iowa caucus; Biden and Pentagon chief

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Saturday

Week in politics: Biden and January 6, Senators negotiating border legislation

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