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Sarah McCammon is a National Political Correspondent for NPR and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast. Her work focuses on political, social and cultural divides in America, including abortion policy and the intersections of politics and religion. She's also a frequent guest host for NPR news programs.

She has covered several presidential elections, including the 2016 campaign, when she reported on the rise of the Trump movement, divisions within the Republican Party over its future, and the role of religion in those debates. McCammon's reporting has documented the growing political power of the religious right culminating with the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, efforts by abortion rights advocates to push back, and the rising tide of white Christian nationalism.

She's frequently called upon to cover breaking news events and national politics. Her work has won numerous awards, among them a 2023 Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision, a 2023 Wilbur Award for religion reporting, a Gracie Award in 2020 for her reporting on reproductive rights, and a National Press Club Journalism Award for team coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in 2018.

McCammon is the author of The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church, a 2024 book that is part memoir and part journalism, about the movement of people who grew up inside the powerful evangelical subculture and ultimately left in response to its increasing politicization.

She has appeared on numerous television programs including CNN's Inside Politics, MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, PBS Newshour, and CSPAN's Washington Journal.

Prior to joining NPR in 2015, she reported for NPR Member stations in Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska. She began her career as newspaper reporter in the Chicago area.

McCammon grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and is a graduate of Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois.

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Wednesday

Inside the Arizona State Capitol, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, in Phoenix after the Arizona legislature gave final approval to a the proposal that will ask voters to make it a state crime for noncitizens to enter the state through Mexico at any location other than a port of entry. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Monday

Nikki Haley, second from left, then South Carolina Gov.-elect, is seated with Vice President Joe Biden during a luncheon at the Blair House across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks with Peter Rough after speaking at the Hudson Institute,in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Haley spoke about the dangers of National Security weakness. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Trump rival, former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, says in November she'll vote for Trump

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Wednesday

How political stances on abortion have shifted — for Biden, Trump and voters

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Wisconsin: Swing Voters, Swing Counties, Swing State

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Tuesday

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Anti-abortion activists who describe themselves as "abolitionists" protest outside a fertility clinic in North Carolina in April 2024. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Republicans try to soften stance on abortion as 'abolitionists' go farther

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Monday

Donald Trump, presumptive Republican presidential nominee, appears at the Minnesota Republican Lincoln Reagan Dinner Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. Abbie Parr/AP hide caption

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Republicans haven't won a Minnesota presidential contest in a half-century. Can Trump?

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Thursday

President Joe Biden speaks during an event in Virginia on Jan. 23, to campaign for abortion rights, a top issue for Democrats in the upcoming presidential election. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Trump's anti-abortion views helped him in 2016. That may not be the case this time

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Friday

President Joe Biden speaks in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Thursday

A voter braves a cold rain running to cast a ballot during the Spring election Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Fox Point, Wisconsin. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

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Tuesday

How the issue of abortion could affect some key races in November

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Abortion Heads To Florida's Ballot

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Monday

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks with reporters during a news conference at the Department of Justice, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Washington, as FBI Director Christopher Wray, right, looks on. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Sunday

'The Exvangelicals' follows the lives of people who loved, then left the Church

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Friday

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Thursday

Amanda Zurawski, a guest to the State of the Union of Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference held by members of the Pro-Choice Caucus and Democratic Women's Caucus at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Nikki Haley doesn't endorse Trump as she suspends her presidential campaign

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Nikki Haley Suspends Her Bid For The Presidency

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Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a news conference on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Nikki Haley suspends her presidential campaign, but doesn't endorse Trump

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