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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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Tensions Flare Near White House In Protests Sparked By George Floyd's Death

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Cory Obenour, chef and co-owner of the Blue Plate restaurant in San Francisco, prepares takeout and delivery orders. The restaurant received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to The Associated Press. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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How Small Businesses Could Prepare For Reopening, Continued

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What Happened Today: Unemployment Keeps Rising, Economy Questions

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Theodore Johnson worked full time as a massage therapist at a luxury hotel in Texas. When the coronavirus crisis hit, he tried to get unemployment, but the system was overloaded. That sent him to an Amazon warehouse, where he now works. Heather King hide caption

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Rosemary Ugboajah (at front) with her company's leadership team, Alan Tse and Sheri Ellis. Terry Hastings/The Hastings Gallery hide caption

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Minority-Owned Small Businesses Were Supposed To Get Priority. They May Not Have

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Before the coronavirus crisis, there were briefly more women on U.S. payrolls than men. That's no longer true. Women accounted for 55% of the rise in job losses last month. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Women Bear The Brunt Of Coronavirus Job Losses

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A closed sign is posted at a restaurant along the River Walk in San Antonio on April 28. Banks are reporting a little more success in getting small business owners' applications for coronavirus relief loans into government processing systems. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Signs are displayed in the window of a store in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. The Paycheck Protection Program, aimed at helping small businesses survive the coronavirus crisis, has been beset by problems. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Jovita Carranza, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attend a Paycheck Protection Program event at the White House on Tuesday. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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