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Colin Dwyer

Reporter, Newsdesk

Colin Dwyer covers breaking news for NPR. He reports on a wide array of subjects — from politics in Latin America and the Middle East, to the latest developments in sports and scientific research.

Colin began his work with NPR on the Arts Desk, where he reviewed books and produced stories on arts and culture, then went on to write a daily roundup of news in literature and the publishing industry for the Two-Way blog — named Book News, naturally.

Later, as a producer for the Digital News desk, he wrote and edited feature news coverage, curated NPR's home page and managed its social media accounts. During his time on the desk, he co-created NPR's live headline contest "Head to Head," with Camila Domonoske, and won the American Copy Editors Society's annual headline-writing prize in 2015.

These days, as a reporter for the Newsdesk, he writes for, reports for the network's on-air newsmagazines, and regularly hosts NPR's daily Facebook Live segment, "Newstime." He has covered hurricanes, international elections and unfortunate marathon mishaps, among many other stories. He also had some things to say about shoes once on Invisibilia.

Colin graduated from Georgetown University with a master's degree in English literature.

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Women march in the 2016 traditional Reed Dance at the royal palace in Lobamba. On Thursday, in celebration of the country's 50th year of independence, King Mswati III declared that he was changing the name of Swaziland to eSwatini. Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The man who now leads Cuba: Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, 57. The Communist Party operative, seen here in Santa Clara last month, was elected president of the island nation Thursday. Alejandro Ernesto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Containers loaded with tons of sewage sludge sit simmering in the sun last week in Parrish, Ala. More than two months after the "poop train" rolled in from New York City, Parrish Mayor Heather Hall says the material is leaving town. Jay Reeves/AP hide caption

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Cuban President Raul Castro waves to the room as First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Castro's handpicked successor, claps at the National Assembly session Wednesday in Havana. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara earlier this year. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A man confronts Armenian riot police officers during an opposition rally Monday in the capital, Yerevan. Thousands of people gathered to protest a move by the ex-president to maintain his hold on power. Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters gather outside a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Sunday, where two black men were arrested Thursday after Starbucks employees called police to say the men were trespassing. Ron Todt/AP hide caption

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Billy Mitchell, described once as "Video Game Player of the Century," poses for a portrait in front of Donkey Kong in Ottumwa, Iowa, in 2009. David Greedy/Getty Images hide caption

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says the poison used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal "was of high purity." The U.K. has concluded a state actor — namely, Russia — carried out the attack. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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