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Scott Horsley 2010
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Scott Horsley

Chief Economics Correspondent

Scott Horsley is NPR's Chief Economics Correspondent. He reports on ups and downs in the national economy as well as fault lines between booming and busting communities.

Horsley spent a decade on the White House beat, covering both the Trump and Obama administrations. Before that, he was a San Diego-based business reporter for NPR, covering fast food, gasoline prices, and the California electricity crunch of 2000. He also reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley worked for NPR Member stations in San Diego and Tampa, as well as commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. Horsley began his professional career as a production assistant for NPR's Morning Edition.

Horsley earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Slower economic growth is expected this year

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Women carry shopping bags as customers visit the American Mall dream mall during Black Friday on Nov. 25, 2022 in East Rutherford, N.J. The U.S. economy ended 2022 on a strong note, but fears of a recession are growing. Kena Betancur/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. economy did well in 2022, however, recession fears are growing

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Wednesday

The politics and economics of a potentially costly showdown over the debt ceiling

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Saturday

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens to President Biden discuss the federal debt limit on Oct. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Close to hitting the debt ceiling, the government must win over House Republicans

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Thursday

It's a complicated picture when you look at the latest inflation numbers

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A Target customer looks at a display of board games while shopping at Target store in San Francisco, Calif. Inflation continues to ease, even if many people many not feel that way in their daily lives. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Inflation is easing, even if it may not feel that way

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Wednesday

This illustration picture shows debit and credit cards arranged on a desk on April 6, 2020 in Arlington, Va. Americans are using their credit cards more to pay for everyday expenses at a time when interest rates are rising. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Americans are piling up credit card debt — and it could prove very costly

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Saturday

Employers slowed their rate of hiring in December, easing the Fed's inflation fears

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Friday

Unemployment has fallen to 3.5%, matching the lowest level in half a century

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The job market was on a hot streak for much of 2022, but chilly winds are blowing

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Saturday

Why one NPR correspondent finally ditched DVDs for streaming

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