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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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Family Of Andrew Brown Views Longer Video Footage Of Fatal Shooting

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Family Of Andrew Brown Jr. Allowed To See More Bodycam Footage

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Andrew Brown Jr.'s Funeral Was As Much A Protest As It Was A Goodbye

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Law enforcement officials look down from the rooftop as people gather near a press conference regarding the death of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Loved Ones Mourn Andrew Brown Jr.: 'He Kept A Smile On His Face'

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Release Of Bodycam Footage Of N.C. Man's Death Delayed By Judge

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N.C. Court Considers Release Of Bodycam Video, Brown Family Releases Autopsy

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Andrew Brown's Family Reacts To Police Bodycam Shooting Footage

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Family Permitted To See 20 Seconds Of Bodycam Video From Shooting Of Andrew Brown Jr.

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Glenda Brown Thomas displays a photo of her nephew, Andrew Brown Jr., on Thursday. He was shot and killed Wednesday by a sheriff's deputy who was attempting to execute a warrant. Allen G. Breed/AP hide caption

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7 N.C. Sheriff's Deputies On Leave After Fatal Shooting Of Black Man

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At a ballfield a few blocks from where Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by a sheriff's deputy in Elizabeth City, N.C., Daquail Alexander organized a vigil and protest in Brown's memory. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Under Investigation: North Carolina Deputy Fatally Shoots Black Man

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Biden Administration Expected To Reverse Trump's Ban On Funding Fetal Tissue Research

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A Planned Parenthood of Utah facility in Salt Lake City. The Biden administration is moving to reverse a Trump-era family planning policy that critics describe as a domestic "gag rule" for reproductive healthcare providers. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Biden Administration Moves To Undo Trump Abortion Rules For Title X

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The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, sits for a portrait at his group's field hospital in New York's Central Park in May. Graham has spoken out in support of COVID-19 vaccines. Jessie Wardarski/AP hide caption

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'Love Your Neighbor' And Get The Shot: White Evangelical Leaders Push COVID Vaccines

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