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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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Doctor Who Defied State's Abortion Law Is Sued, Launching A Legality Test Of The Ban

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A child reaches out to touch a flower adorning the Sept. 11 memorial on the name of a veteran killed in the 2001 terror attacks. For today's generation of kids, 9/11 is a history lesson. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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How To Talk About 9/11 With A New Generation Of Kids

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Supreme Court Does Not Block New, Restrictive Abortion Law In Texas

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What The Texas Abortion Ban Does — And What It Means For Other States

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A Restrictive Abortion Law Is Set To Take Effect In Texas

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As Nonprofit Disburses Rent Relief, Leader Says Government Can Make It Easier

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Randy Thomas, former executive vice president of Exodus International, denounces the group's actions and "conversion therapy" as a whole in the Netflix documentary Pray Away. Netflix hide caption

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Former 'Ex-Gay' Leaders Denounce 'Conversion Therapy' In A New Documentary

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Advances To The Final Four At The Olympics

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News Brief: Delta Variant, Defrocked Cardinal Charged, Taliban Revenge Killings

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Infrastructure Agreement Advances, But It's Not A Done Deal

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News Brief: Infrastructure Deal, Push For Vaccinations, Extreme Weather

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Biden Is Expected To Announce Steps To Help Counter The Delta Variant

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News Brief: CDC Mask Guidance, Jan. 6 Riot Hearing, Simone Biles' Decision

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News Brief: Jan. 6 Probe, Vaccine Mandates, Opioid Trial

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