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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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A vehicle drives by the spot where an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year in Tempe, Ariz. The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Thursday on the collision. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Giuseppe Conte addresses the media after a meeting Wednesday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace in Rome. Mattarella approved the lawyer's nomination to serve as prime minister. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hindu women cry at the site of a mass grave that Myanmar troops said they found last September in Maungdaw township. Amnesty International says local village leaders identified dozens of corpses unearthed from the graves the week before. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Marc-Andre Fleury, winner of multiple Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, had been cast off to Vegas when a younger player took his spot as starting goalie. Now in goal for the Golden Knights, he's four wins away from adding his name yet again to the Cup. Jason Halstead/Getty Images hide caption

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greet tourists from the glossy surface of a postcard sold Friday in Windsor. The pair — the real people, not their images, we mean — will wed at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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First responders and law enforcement gather in the field where an airliner crashed after takeoff Friday, just outside the international airport in Havana, Cuba. Andrea Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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Tourists pose for photos in front of the city's welcome sign near Mandalay Bay, which doubled as a memorial site after the shooting last October. On Wednesday, Las Vegas police released more than 1,000 pages of witness statements giving a deeper look into the moments leading up to the massacre. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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