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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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Protests Held Across The U.S. In Response To States Passing Restrictive Abortion Laws

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With Roe V. Wade Threatened, Abortion-Rights Supporters Rally

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Alabama Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Almost All Forms Of Abortion

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Iowa Book Club Reads Democrats' Autobiographies

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Laura Hardin says after years of knowing each other, she and her husband Adam Hardin were excited to have sex. But there was some trial and error. Clare Fieseler for NPR hide caption

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When Your Wedding Night Is Your First Time

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"[There were] a lot of people telling me how they felt about my situation without me asking — friends, family, strangers," Beth Vial said. "I mean, you tell someone that you're seven months pregnant and having an abortion, they've got some things to say." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Abortion In The Third Trimester: A Rare Decision Now In The Political Spotlight

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2020 Democratic Candidates Are Reaching Out To Religious Voters

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Bob Vander Plaats, an Iowa conservative evangelical who heads a group called The Family Leader, has invited seven top Democratic presidential candidates to a July forum that is a typical stop for Republican candidates. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a Feb. 25 news conference in Seattle announcing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's Title X "gag rule." Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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A Couple Opens Up About Their Decision To Wait Until Marriage Before Having Sex

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Creators Of Anti-Abortion Film To Testify That Twitter Censors Them

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