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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.

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Looking Back On President George H.W. Bush's Legacy On Abortion

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Trump Returns To Familiar Complaints During Thanksgiving Call With U.S. Troops

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Democrat Mike Espy and Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith participate in a televised Senate debate Tuesday night in Jackson, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Racial Controversy Stirs Mississippi Senate Runoff

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GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Faces Tough Runoff Election After Public Hanging Comments

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South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, Kan. where Dr. George Tiller worked. An anti-abortion extremist who shot and wounded Tiller in 1993 was released from prison earlier this month, and that has clinics that provide abortions concerned. Dr. Tiller was shot and killed in 2009 by another extremist. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Clinics That Provide Abortions Anxious After An Uptick In Threats Of Violence

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Pallbearers carry a casket from Rodef Shalom Congregation following the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Boys' Laid To Rest In Pittsburgh

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Squirrel Hill's Tight-Knit Community Rocked By Synagogue Massacre

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Singer Meah Pace (left) has been traveling with the Pagitt's group, performing hymns like "Amazing Grace" at parks and churches. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Finding 'Common Good' Among Evangelicals In The Political Season

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Paramedic Larrecsa Cox (center) and her quick-response team, including police Officer Stephanie Coffey (left) and Pastor Virgil Johnson (right), check in at the home in Huntington, W.Va., of someone who was revived a few days before from an overdose. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Knocking On Doors To Get Opioid Overdose Survivors Into Treatment

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Abortion opponents see the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court as an opportunity to push for further abortion restrictions. Abortion supporters are preparing for a fight. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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With Kavanaugh Confirmed, Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Gear Up For Battle

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Supreme Court Debate On Kavanaugh Is Playing Out In West Virginia Senate Race

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John Gallagher in his truck in Fayetteville, N.C. "We've just been taking dispatch calls for swift water rescues, rescuing animals, missing persons," Gallagher said. Maddalena Richards/NPR hide caption

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The Cajun Navy: Heroes Or Hindrances In Hurricanes?

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