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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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Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology take part in a march toward the school president's lodge Friday, following the death of a student injured during clashes between police and protesters a few days ago. Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bosco Ntaganda, the former Congolese militia leader known as "Terminator," awaits his verdict Thursday in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The warlord would ultimately be sentenced to 30 years in jail for war crimes in the early 2000s. Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, was a major driver of the rule struck down Wednesday. A federal judge found the rule issued earlier this year — making it easier for health care workers to refuse care for religious reasons — to be an overreach by the department. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Omar Shakir, who oversees Israeli and Palestinian policy for Human Rights Watch, awaits a hearing in September at Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem. The court affirmed Shakir's deportation, a move that has prompted protests from members of the international community. Ammar Awad/Reuters hide caption

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E. Jean Carroll, seen in a portrait taken earlier this year, filed a defamation lawsuit against President Trump on Monday. She says Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s. In her lawsuit, she alleges the president harmed her reputation and career when he said she was lying. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, seen earlier this year during a diplomatic visit to Berlin, has faced massive protests recently calling for his resignation. Michele Tantussi/Getty Images hide caption

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The NCAA has long argued that it was converting revenues, such as the $1 billion from the men's basketball tournament, into scholarships and other opportunities for students. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images hide caption

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NCAA Plans To Allow College Athletes To Get Paid For Use Of Their Names, Images

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A PG&E utility pole rests on a burned-out property in Healdsburg, Calif., on Monday. The community was just one of many in Sonoma County affected by the Kincade Fire, which has swelled to a size much larger than San Francisco. Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ashley LaFranchi (left) and Stephanie LaFranchi examine the remains of their family's Oak Ridge Angus ranch, leveled by a wildfire called Kincade Fire, in Calistoga, Calif., on Monday. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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A European Union flag flies Monday outside the Parliament building in London. The multinational bloc has agreed to grant the U.K. another Brexit delay, bumping the deadline to the end of January. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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A member of the United Auto Workers pickets earlier this month outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa. On Friday the union's members voted to ratify a tentative deal with the automaker, bringing an end to a national strike that lasted 40 days. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Maria Butina, seen in this courtroom sketch, stands beside her attorney Robert Driscoll during a court hearing late last year in Washington, D.C. The Russian woman has been released from prison after serving a sentence for conspiracy. Dana Verkouteren/AP hide caption

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