Danielle Kurtzleben Danielle Kurtzleben is a political reporter assigned to NPR's Washington Desk.
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Danielle Kurtzleben

Political Reporter

Danielle Kurtzleben is a political reporter assigned to NPR's Washington Desk. She appears on NPR shows, writes for the web, and is a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast. Her reporting is wide-ranging, with particular focuses on gender politics, demographics, and economic policy.

Before joining NPR in 2015, Kurtzleben spent a year as a correspondent for Vox.com. As part of the site's original reporting team, she covered economics and business news.

Prior to Vox.com, Kurtzleben was with U.S. News & World Report for nearly four years, where she covered the economy, campaign finance and demographic issues. As associate editor, she launched Data Mine, a data visualization blog on usnews.com.

A native of Titonka, Iowa, Kurtzleben has a bachelor's degree in English from Carleton College. She also holds a master's degree in Global Communication from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

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Activists march to the offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in New York City in September 2017, just before the start of Senate hearings on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Will Kavanaugh Controversy Play A Role In Arizona Senate Race?

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Derrick Slaughter attends a July 14, 2017, march through the streets of Norwalk, Ohio, against the epidemic of heroin, with his grandmother (not shown). Both of Derrick's parents are heroin addicts and he is now being raised by his grandparents. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In one campaign ad about taking her kids to the doctor, Kentucky congressional candidate Amy McGrath nevertheless prominently features her military service. Amy McGrath for Congress/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Women Veterans Show Off Fighter Jets In Campaign Ads, But Also Their Minivans

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President Trump Mocks Christine Blasey Ford, Returning To A Tactic He Has Used Before

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Dozens of protesters, including sexual assault survivor Mary Jane Maestras of Delta, Colo., demonstrate against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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The Lasting Political Impact of The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings

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How Testimonies From Kavanaugh And Blasey Ford Unfolded Before The Senate

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Kavanaugh And Christine Blasey Ford Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

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Women 'Running Unapologetically As Themselves'

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In this July 29, 2018, photo, rookie Democratic candidate Lauren Underwood greets supporters at the opening of her campaign office in St. Charles, Ill., 100 days before the midterm election. Teresa Crawford/AP hide caption

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Is The Record Number Of Women Candidates A 2018 Blip — Or A Lasting Trend?

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A woman shouts slogans during the Women's March in New York City, January 20, 2018, as protestors took to the streets en masse across the United States. It was a sign of lasting outrage, coming a year after the first women's marches following President Trump's inauguration. KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Women's Wave: Backlash To Trump Persists, Reshaping Politics In 2018

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Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 20

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Former U.S. Sen. Barabara Mikulski (D-MD), U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) join other women Democratic senators for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2014. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR Poll: Midwest Abandons Trump, Democrats Chances Balloon Ahead of Midterms

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