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Brian Naylor

Correspondent, Washington Desk

NPR News' Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the Washington Desk. In this role, he covers politics and federal agencies.

With more than 30 years of experience at NPR, Naylor has served as National Desk correspondent, White House correspondent, congressional correspondent, foreign correspondent, and newscaster during All Things Considered. He has filled in as host on many NPR programs, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation.

During his NPR career, Naylor has covered many major world events, including political conventions, the Olympics, the White House, Congress, and the mid-Atlantic region. Naylor reported from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, from New Orleans following the BP oil spill, and from West Virginia after the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine.

While covering the U.S. Congress in the mid-1990s, Naylor's reporting contributed to NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for political reporting.

Before coming to NPR in 1982, Naylor worked at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at a commercial radio station in Maine.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas listens during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26, 2020. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Gymnasts (from left) Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols leave after testifying Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation. Nassar was charged in 2016 with federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan and is now serving decades in prison. Saul Loeb/Pool via AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett speaks Sunday at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center in Kentucky. She told an audience that "judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties." Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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In the years after the 9/11 terror attacks, security became omnipresent in Washington, D.C. That includes bollards, Jersey barriers and security barricades like those seen here outside of the U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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After 9/11 Security Became Omnipresent In Washington, But Threats Are Different Now

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President Biden tours Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Biden has encouraged school districts to promote vaccines to protect students as they return to school amid a coronavirus resurgence. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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How Security Measures In Washington, D.C., Have Changed Since 9/11

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A pickup is parked Thursday on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building, as seen from a window of the U.S. Capitol. A man sitting in the truck told police he had a bomb. He later surrendered. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Federal Employees Are Largely In Support Of Receiving A Vaccine Mandate

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U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell (from left), officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, and Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn are sworn in Tuesday before testifying before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. Oliver Contreras/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pictured on July 1, has rejected two of the five members nominated by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee to investigate the U.S. Capitol riot. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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