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Sarah McCammon

Correspondent, National Desk

Sarah McCammon is a National Correspondent covering the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast for NPR. Her work focuses on political, social and cultural divides in America, including abortion and reproductive rights, and the intersections of politics and religion. She's also a frequent guest host for NPR news magazines, podcasts and special coverage.

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.

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 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-morning 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 been honored with numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the Atlanta Press Club's "Excellence in Broadcast Radio Reporting" award in 2015. She was part of a team of NPR journalists that received a first-place National Press Club award in 2019 for their coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack.

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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Indiana becomes the first state to approve an abortion ban post-Roe

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Doctor who provided an abortion for a young rape victim speaks out

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Dr. Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana doctor who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio, speaks during an abortion rights rally in June at the Indiana Statehouse. Jenna Watson/IndyStar/USA TODAY Network/Reuters hide caption

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Indiana doctor says she has been harassed for giving an abortion to a 10-year-old

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Kansas and Indiana are figuring out abortion access will look like post-Dobbs

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Volunteer clinic escorts shield a patient from anti-abortion activists outside the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois, last month. Clinics in states like Illinois, which has less restrictive laws, have been reporting an influx of patients from neighboring states. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was sent a "cease and desist" letter last week asking him to stop making what an attorney for Indiana abortion provider Dr. Caitlin Bernard describes as defamatory statements. Rokita's office responded that "no false or misleading statements have been made." Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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The doctor who performed an abortion for a 10-year-old rape victim faces backlash

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Indiana's attorney general, Todd Rokita, suggested that a doctor had violated state law by failing to report an abortion provided to a 10-year-old rape victim. A spokesperson for his office says that "no false or misleading statements have been made." Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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In May, demonstrators gathered in Dayton, Ohio, to protest in favor of abortion rights after the leak of the draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade. A raped 10-year-old Ohio girl's abortion in Indianapolis recently became national news. SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett hide caption

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Plan C shows a combination pack of mifepristone and misoprostol tablets, two medicines used together, also called the abortion pill. ELISA WELLS/PLAN C/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With Roe v. Wade overturned, doctors expect to see more self-induced abortions

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How to stay safe and cool in extreme heat

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Kathaleen Pittman, administrator at Hope Medical Group in Shreveport, watches local TV news discussing a temporary restraining order the clinic won on Monday against Louisiana's abortion bans. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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After a reprieve, a Louisiana clinic resumes abortions for anxious patients

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After state court victories, clinics have resumed abortions in some states with bans

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