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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Michelle Obama On Trump's Birtherism And Her Own Story In 'Becoming'

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Abigail Spanberger, Democratic candidate for Virginia's 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, thanks supporters at an election night rally. Spanberger declared victory over Republican incumbent Dave Brat. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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A Record Number Of Women Will Serve In Congress (With Potentially More To Come)

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Abigail Spanberger, Democratic candidate for Virginia's Seventh District in the House of Representatives, addresses supporters Thursday. She's one of 10 Democratic non-incumbent women running in toss-up districts. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Roughly 80 Percent Of Americans Scared Political Incivility Will Lead To More Violence

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New NPR Poll Shows Trump is Key Factor in Midterms

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Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 25

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Antonio Delgado is one of many Democrats making health care the centerpiece of their campaigns. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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2018 Is The Year Democrats Got Comfortable Talking Health Care Again

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Health Care Debate Over Pre-Existing Conditions Heats Up As Midterms Near

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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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