Don Gonyea Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and travels throughout the United States covering elections and the country's political climate. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.
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Don Gonyea

National Political Correspondent

Although Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., he spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate throughout the country. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Gonyea chronicled the controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battles in the courts. At the same time George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Gonyea started as NPR's White House Correspondent. He was at the White House on the morning of September 11, 2001, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.

As White House correspondent, Gonyea covered the Bush administration's prosecution of wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq and during the 2004 campaign he traveled with President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. In November 2006, Gonyea co-anchored NPR's coverage of historic elections when Democrats captured control of both houses of the US Congress. In 2008, Gonyea was the lead reporter covering the entire Obama presidential campaign for NPR, from the Iowa caucuses to victory night in Chicago. He was also there when candidate Obama visited the Middle East and Europe. He continued covering the White House and President Barack Obama until spring 2010, when he moved into his current position.

Gonyea has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Doha, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He attended President Bush's first ever meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Slovenia in 2001, and subsequent, at times testy meetings between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Bratislava. He also covered Mr.Obama's first trip overseas as president.

In 1986, Gonyea got his start at NPR reporting from Detroit on labor unions and the automobile industry. He spent countless hours on picket lines and in union halls covering strikes, including numerous lengthy work stoppages at GM in the late 1990s. Gonyea also reported on the development of alternative fuel and hybrid-powered automobiles, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted-suicide crusade, and the 1999 closing of Detroit's classic Tiger Stadium — the ballpark of his youth.

Over the years Gonyea has contributed to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He periodically teaches college journalism courses.

Gonyea has won numerous national and state awards for his reporting. He was part of the team that earned NPR a 2000 George Foster Peabody Award for the All Things Considered series "Lost & Found Sound."

A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is an honors graduate of Michigan State University.

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In Iowa, Democrats Are Already Campaigning Ahead Of Presidential Caucuses

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Biden Comments And Jokes On Inappropriate Touching Allegations

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Democrats Grapple With Party Tensions Over How The U.S. Should Treat Israel

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Union members and activists protest over contract negotiations with Wabtec Corporation in Wilmerding, Pa., on March 6. Many are workers from one of the company's facilities in Erie County, which flipped from voting for Barack Obama to Donald Trump in 2016. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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Trump Faces Mixed Reviews Among Union Workers, Who Still Face Insecurity

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Former Texas Rep. O'Rourke Kicks Off Presidential Run In Iowa

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This Feb. 8, 2019 photo shows a view Milwaukee's skyline along Lake Michigan. Democrats selected Milwaukee to host their 2020 national convention on Monday, setting up the party's 2020 standard-bearer to accept the presidential nomination in the heart of the old industrial belt that delivered Donald Trump to the White House. Carrie Antlfinger/AP hide caption

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In One Pennsylvania County, Economic Woes Impact Political Leanings

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds an event at Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar in Eau Claire, Wis., on Feb. 16. Klobuchar is among the Democratic presidential hopefuls paying attention to Wisconsin in this election cycle. Cody Nelson/MPR News hide caption

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2020 Democrats Head To Wisconsin Early, Looking To Reverse 2016 Stumble

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