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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 News Desk, 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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South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar (left) shares a smile with President Salva Kiir after a swearing-in ceremony Saturday in the capital, Juba. Observers hope their newly forged coalition spells an end to civil war. Stringer/AP hide caption

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A medical worker takes a look outside a preliminary testing facility at the National Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, where people suspected of having contracted the novel strain of coronavirus are being tested. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (right) receives the crown from the man who found it, Sirak Asfaw, during a ceremony Thursday in Addis Ababa. The 18th-century Ethiopian crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for the past 21 years. The Office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed via AP hide caption

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During a visit last week to the California Museum in Sacramento, Les Ouchida holds a 1943 photo of himself (front row center) and his siblings taken at the internment camp in Jerome, Ark., that his family was moved to from their home near Sacramento in 1942. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Just five books have been named finalists for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize: Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-Benn; Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli; Lot, by Bryan Washington; Opioid, Indiana, by Brian Allen Carr; and The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri. Courtesy of the Aspen Words Literary Prize hide caption

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A bus departs from the dock where the Diamond Princess cruise ship sits under quarantine with its thousands of passengers and crew. Japanese authorities said Friday that some older passengers who tested negative for the coronavirus were allowed to disembark. Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday, during the defense portion of his rape trial. Six women took the stand to say they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein — then Weinstein's legal team got the opportunity to have its say. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Penguins gather near a Chilean research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, not far from the Argentine station that reported the record high temperature Thursday. World meteorological experts still need to verify the record, but it does fit with a broader pattern of warming on the continent. Natacha Pisarenko/AP hide caption

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It Was 65 Degrees In Antarctica This Week

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The two bluffs that inspired the name of the Bears Ears National Monument, seen at sunset outside Blanding, Utah. On Thursday, more than two years after the Trump administration announced plans to shrink the monument and others, federal managers have finalized the new land use plans. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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