Sarah McCammon Sarah McCammon is a National Desk correspondent with NPR News.
Sarah McCammon 2018 square
Stories By

Sarah McCammon

Kara Frame/NPR
Sarah McCammon 2018
Kara Frame/NPR

Sarah McCammon

Correspondent, National Desk

Sarah McCammon is a correspondent covering the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast for NPR's National Desk. Her work focuses on political, social, and cultural divides in America, including abortion and reproductive rights, and the intersections of politics and religion.

During the 2016 election cycle, she was NPR's lead political reporter assigned to the Donald Trump campaign. In that capacity, she was a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast and reported on the GOP primary, the rise of the Trump movement, divisions within the Republican Party over the future of the GOP and the role of religion in those debates; that work earned her a rare invitation inside a closed-door meeting between evangelical leaders and Trump soon after he clinched the nomination.

Prior to joining NPR in 2015, McCammon reported for NPR member stations in Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska, where she often hosted news magazines and talk shows. She's covered debates over oil pipelines in the Southeast and Midwest, agriculture and environmental issues in Nebraska, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Iowa, and coastal environmental issues in Georgia.

McCammon began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter. She traces her interest in news back to childhood, when she would watch Sunday political shows – recorded on the VCR during church – with her father on Sunday afternoons. In 1998, she spent a semester serving as a U.S. Senate Page. She's received numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the Atlanta Press Club's "Excellence in Broadcast Radio Reporting" honor in 2015.

McCammon is a native of Kansas City, Mo. She spent a semester studying at Oxford University in the U.K. while completing her undergraduate degree at Trinity College near Chicago.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

Abortion protesters attempt to hand out literature as they stand in the driveway of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis on Aug. 16. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Conroy/AP

Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Program Over Trump Abortion Rule

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/752438119/752529477" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Planned Parenthood May Reject Federal Funds Over Changes To Title X

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/752292557/752292558" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Pastor Earnie Lucas of Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Va., posted this message on his church sign around the same time that President Trump tweeted that four Democratic members of Congress — all women of color — should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Sarah McCammon/NPR

2 Virginia Churches Caught Up In Debate Over Trump's Racist Rhetoric

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/750244808/750244809" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, left, and Rodney Sheppard just released their new album, Little Yachty. Kevin Estrada hide caption

toggle caption
Kevin Estrada

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Just Wants To Have Fun

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/745657434/746089865" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Zara's parent company Inditex announced new sustainability goals this month. But can a fast-fashion brand built on growth truly become sustainable? Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Can Fast Fashion And Sustainability Be Stitched Together?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/745418569/745925063" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Joshua Harris, one of the most influential voices on sex and relationships for a generation of evangelical Christians, has announced that he and his wife are separating after 20 years of marriage. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Evangelical Writer Who Influenced Purity Culture Announces Separation From Wife

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/743926857/743944687" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrated at New York's City Hall against the Trump administration's Title X rule change in February. Planned Parenthood now says it clinics nationwide will stop using federal Title X family planning funds. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

After Less Than A Year, Planned Parenthood Ousts Its President Leana Wen

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/742534869/742534870" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen Removed From Position After Less Than A Year

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/742430770/742430774" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Petra Mayer/NPR

'Three Women' Puts Female Desire At The Forefront

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/736957224/737268896" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Even birds who are accustomed to urban noises can be spooked by the boom of fireworks, take off and crash into trees, cars and buildings. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Craig Ruttle/AP

This 4th Of July, Think Of Your Feathered Friends As You Plan For Fireworks

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/737001802/737293504" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Bandits on the Run, composed of members Adrian Enscoe, Sydney Shepherd and Regina Strayhorn, submitted a stand-out video to the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest. Sophia Schrank/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Sophia Schrank/Courtesy of the artist

These Tiny Desk Contest Entrants Bring Mini-Symphonies To The NYC Subway

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/736747407/737293867" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Democratic Presidential Candidates Talk Abortion In South Carolina

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/735191240/735191241" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript