Jessica Taylor Jessica Taylor is a political reporter with NPR based in Washington, DC, covering elections and breaking news out of the White House and Congress.
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Jessica Taylor

Political Reporter

Jessica Taylor is a political reporter with NPR based in Washington, DC, covering elections and breaking news out of the White House and Congress. Her reporting can be heard and seen on a variety of NPR platforms, from on air to online. For more than a decade, she has reported on and analyzed House and Senate elections and is a contributing author to the 2020 edition of The Almanac of American Politics and is a senior contributor to The Cook Political Report.

Before joining NPR in May 2015, Taylor was the campaign editor for The Hill newspaper. Taylor has also reported for the NBC News Political Unit, Inside Elections, National Journal, The Hotline and Politico. Taylor has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, CNN, and she is a regular on the weekly roundup on NPR's 1A with Joshua Johnson. On Election Night 2012, Taylor served as an off-air analyst for CBS News in New York.

A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, she graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with a B.A. in political science from Furman University.

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Voters In North Carolina To Decide The Final Race From The 2018 Midterms On Tuesday

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On Thursday, Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey (shown in March) apologized after a radio interview described her wearing blackface during a college skit in the 1960s. Vasha Hunt/AP hide caption

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As Texas Suburbs Diversify, Democrats See An Opportunity For 2020

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Texas Emerges As A Battleground State Ahead Of 2020 Elections

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