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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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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces his pledge Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank if he wins reelection in next week's vote. Amir Levy/Getty Images hide caption

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Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, seen at a sentencing hearing last year in Charlotte, Mich. On Thursday, the Department of Education fined the university $4.5 million for its response to Nassar's conduct while he was employed by the school. Rena Laverty/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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