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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. She is covering the 2020 presidential election, with particular focuses on on economic policy and gender politics.

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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Biden Made His First Judicial Picks This Week, Including A Supreme Court Contender

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks with other Democratic members of Congress outside of the Democratic National Headquarters in November, urging then-President-elect Biden to address the climate crisis. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Imag hide caption

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Ocasio-Cortez Sees Green New Deal Progress In Biden Plan, But 'It's Not Enough'

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Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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NCAA Looms Large In Debate Over Transgender Sports Restrictions

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State Bills Restricting Transgender Athletes Threaten Clashes With NCAA

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Supporters gather outside Trump National Golf Club as then-President Donald Trump departs following a round of golf on Dec. 13, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. Al Drago/Getty Images hide caption

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What If We Don't Need To 'Fix' Polarization?

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First lady Jill Biden speaks as she visits the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, March 17, 2021, to pay tribute to the New Hampshire woman chosen 35 years ago to be America's "Teacher in Space" and to emphasize that the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan signed into law by President Joe Biden last week will provide funding for the reopening of schools. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Reflecting On One Year Of The Pandemic

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Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith at the Connecticut State Capitol on Feb, 12, 2020. Smith is among three girls who sued to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. Pat Eaton-Robb/AP hide caption

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Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights Focuses On Youth Sports

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Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Court on Oct. 8, 2019, as the court heard arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Rosamund Pike stars in the new Netflix film I Care A Lot. Seacia Pavao/Netflix hide caption

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What Happened In Texas And Who Is To Blame?

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