Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
Pam Fessler at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Pam Fessler at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Pam Fessler

Correspondent, National Desk

Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty, philanthropy, and voting issues.

In her reporting at NPR, Fessler does stories on homelessness, hunger, affordable housing, and income inequality. She reports on what non-profit groups, the government, and others are doing to reduce poverty and how those efforts are working. Her poverty reporting was recognized with a 2011 First Place National Headliner Award.

Fessler also covers elections and voting, including efforts to make voting more accessible, accurate, and secure. She has done countless stories on everything from the debate over state voter identification laws to Russian hacking attempts and long lines at the polls.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Fessler became NPR's first Homeland Security correspondent. For seven years, she reported on efforts to tighten security at ports, airports, and borders, and the debate over the impact on privacy and civil rights. She also reported on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, The 9/11 Commission Report, Social Security, and the Census. Fessler was one of NPR's White House reporters during the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Before becoming a correspondent, Fessler was the acting senior editor on the Washington Desk and NPR's chief election editor. She coordinated all network coverage of the presidential, congressional, and state elections in 1996 and 1998. In her more than 25 years at NPR, Fessler has also been deputy Washington Desk editor and Midwest National Desk editor.

Earlier in her career, she was a senior writer at Congressional Quarterly magazine. Fessler worked there for 13 years as both a reporter and editor, covering tax, budget, and other news. She also worked as a budget specialist at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and was a reporter at The Record newspaper in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Fessler has a master's of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from Douglass College in New Jersey.

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Trump Lawyers Allege Massive Vote Tampering

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President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani points to a map Thursday while speaking to the press about lawsuits related to the 2020 election at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2019. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Debunking Trump And His Allies' False Claims About The Election

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Officials And Experts Say Election Went Unexpectedly Well

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Election Update: Trump Campaign Files Lawsuits In Attempt To Change Election Results

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Pennsylvania, Michigan Among States Where Counting Continues

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Election Day Updates: How Polls Are Working Around The Country

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A Look At The Early Voting Turnout And Voter Concerns So Far

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Supreme Court Hands Down Several Decisions On Ballots, Days Ahead Of Election Night

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How Voting Is Different This Year

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Robocalls, Rumors And Emails: Last-Minute Election Disinformation Floods Voters

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