John Ydstie After covering the economy, Wall Street and federal budget issues for two decades, John Ydstie is now applying his reporting and interviewing skills as a roving national correspondent.
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John Ydstie

Correspondent/Host

John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street and the federal budget for NPR for two decades. In recent years NPR has broadened his responsibilities, making use of his reporting and interviewing skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. His current focus is reporting on the global financial crisis. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.

During 1991 and 1992 Ydstie was NPR's bureau chief in London. He traveled throughout Europe covering, among other things, the breakup of the Soviet Union and attempts to move Europe toward closer political and economic union. He accompanied U.S. businessmen exploring investment opportunities in Russia as the Soviet Union was crumbling. He was on the scene in The Netherlands when European leaders approved the Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union.

In August 1990, Ydstie traveled to Saudi Arabia for NPR as a member of the Pentagon press pool sent to cover the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. During the early stages of the crisis, Ydstie was the only American radio reporter in the country.

Ydstie has been with NPR since 1979. For two years, he was an associate producer responsible for Midwest coverage. In 1982 he became senior editor on NPR's Washington Desk, overseeing coverage of the federal government, American politics and economics. In 1984, Ydstie joined Morning Edition as the show's senior editor, and later was promoted to the position of executive producer. In 1988, he became NPR's economics correspondent.

During his tenure with NPR, Ydstie has won numerous awards. He was a member of the NPR team that received the George Foster Peabody for its coverage of 9/11. Ydstie's reporting from Saudi Arabia helped NPR win the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1991 for coverage of the Gulf War. Prior to joining NPR, Ydstie was a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio. While there, he was awarded the Clarion Award for his report "Vietnam Experience and America Today."

A graduate of Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN, Ydstie earned a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, with a major in English literature and a minor in speech communications.

Ydstie was born in Minneapolis, and grew up in rural North Dakota.

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Economists Are Confident The Fed Will Keep Control Of Inflation

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News Brief: Government Funding Lapses, Market Volatility, Syria

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Trader Michael Milano (right) on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, a day when all the major U.S. stock indexes saw sharp drops. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Another Rout In The Stock Market, As Dow Drops More Than 1,000 Points

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After Hitting Record Low In December, African-American Unemployment Rate Rises

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With Focus On Unemployment, Yellen Led Fed Through Tough Balancing Act

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BlackRock CEO Says Companies Need To Do More Than Deliver Profits

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How Trump's Corporate Tax Cut Is Playing Out For Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart Says It Will Boost Wages, Give Bonuses With New Savings From Tax Law

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Professors Suggest 'Baby Bonds' Could Fix Widening Inequality In The U.S.

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Germany's Export Machine Draws Both Envy And Ire

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Robust Apprenticeship Program Key To Germany's Manufacturing Might

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How Germany Wins At Manufacturing — For Now

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who will step down in February, has said she thinks the forces that have been holding inflation down are temporary and that she expects it will soon be on the rise again. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On

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Trump's Pick For Fed Signals Interest Rate Hike Likely Next Month

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