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You're most likely to find NPR's Don Gonyea on the road, in some battleground state looking for voters to sit with him at the local lunch spot, the VFW or union hall, at a campaign rally, or at their kitchen tables to tell him what's on their minds. Through countless such conversations over the course of the year, he gets a ground-level view of American elections. Gonyea is NPR's National Political Correspondent, a position he has held since 2010. His reports can be heard on all NPR News programs and at NPR.org. To hear his sound-rich stories is akin to riding in the passenger seat of his rental car, traveling through Iowa or South Carolina or Michigan or wherever, right along with him.

Gonyea has been covering politics full-time for NPR since the 2000 presidential campaign. That's the year he chronicled a controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battle in Florida that awarded the White House to George W. Bush. Gonyea was named NPR White House Correspondent that year and subsequently covered the entirety of the Bush presidency, from 2001-2008. He was at the White House on the morning of Sept. 11, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.

As White House correspondent, Gonyea covered the Bush administration's prosecution of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. During the 2004 campaign, he traveled with both Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. He has served as co-anchor of NPR's election night coverage, and in 2008 Gonyea was the lead reporter covering Barack Obama's presidential campaign for NPR, from the Iowa caucuses to victory night in Chicago.

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, as well as subsequent — and at times testy — meetings between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Bratislava. He also covered Obama's first trip overseas as president. During the 2016 election, he traveled extensively with both GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. His coverage of union members and white working class voters in the Midwest also gave early insight into how candidate Trump would tap into economic anxiety to win the presidency.

In 1986, Gonyea got his start at NPR reporting from Michigan on labor unions and the automobile industry. His first public radio job was at station WDET in Detroit. He has spent countless hours on picket lines and in union halls covering strikes at the major US auto companies, along with other labor disputes. Gonyea also reported on the development of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted-suicide crusade, and the 1999 closing of Detroit's classic Tiger Stadium.

He serves as a fill-in host on NPR news magazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Weekend All Things Considered.

Over the years, Gonyea has contributed to PBS's NewsHour, 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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Elizabeth Shuler, president of the AFL-CIO, introduces President Biden before he addresses the labor federation's convention on Tuesday in Philadelphia. On Sunday Shuler was elected to a four-year term as AFL-CIO president. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp won his Republican primary with broad support, though former President Donald Trump backed a well-known challenger to the incumbent. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Republican primaries show that Trump voters don't always follow his endorsements

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MAGA Republicans Dominate Key North Carolina, Pennsylvania Primaries

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The rise of conservative commentator Kathy Barnette in polls has shaken up the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania in the contest's final days. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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10 races to watch Tuesday, led by Senate contests in Pennsylvania and North Carolina

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Pa. GOP Senate primary is close despite Trump endorsing Dr. Oz

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Vance and Ryan will face off in Ohio's U.S. Senate race in November

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Republicans face off in the Ohio primary

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Dr. Mehmet Oz takes part in a forum for Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Camp Hill, Pa., on April 2. Oz recently got the endorsement of former President Donald Trump over his chief rival for the nomination, David McCormick. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Trump's endorsement of Oz reframes the Pennsylvania GOP Senate contest

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President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak during a visit to Crawford High School in Crawford, Texas, on Nov. 15, 2001. The appearance wrapped up a summit of the newly elected presidents in Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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With Bush in 2001, Putin sought to charm students at a rural Texas high school

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TV Fixtures Sarah Palin And Mehmet Oz Face Tough GOP Primary Races

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Putin warned against allowing atrocities to happen in 2001 Texas town hall

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Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Gibbons (left) and Josh Mandel exchange heated words at a forum put on by FreedomWorks on March 18 outside of Columbus. The two have polled atop the contested GOP primary. Andrew Spear/Getty Images hide caption

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In Ohio's GOP Senate race, there are Trump wannabees — but no Trump endorsement

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