Laurel Wamsley Laurel Wamsley is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk.
Laurel Wamsley at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Laurel Wamsley at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Laurel Wamsley

Correspondent, National Desk

Laurel Wamsley is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers cities.

She previously was a reporter on NPR's Newsdesk, where she reported breaking news and features on a wide range of subjects, including criminal justice, technology, sports, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wamsley spent several months reporting from Berlin as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow in 2019, and that year was NPR's lead reporter at the Women's World Cup in France.

Previously, Wamsley was a producer for NPR's shows and desks. She got her start at NPR as an intern on Weekend Edition Saturday.

Wamsley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Wamsley also holds a master's degree from Ohio University, where she was a Public Media Fellow and worked at NPR Member station WOUB. Born and raised in Athens, Ohio, she has also called Austin and Chicago home. She now lives and bikes in Washington, D.C.

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Saturday

A view of the Kingfield neighborhood from the roof of the Sundial Building, a new 12-unit apartment building in Minneapolis. Tim Evans for NPR hide caption

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The hottest trend in U.S. cities? Changing zoning rules to allow more housing

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Monday

Mayor of Washington, D.C., pushes for workers to return to the office

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Tuesday

San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities that has thrown out its parking minimums in recent years. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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From Austin to Anchorage, U.S. cities opt to ditch their off-street parking minimums

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Saturday

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. It was one of the biggest pro-Palestinian protests in the U.S. Tyrone Turner/DCist/WAMU hide caption

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Tens of thousands rally in D.C. for Israel-Gaza cease-fire at pro-Palestinian march

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Friday

Family, friends talk about the Americans killed or missing in Israel-Hamas conflict

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Saturday

Students at Minneapolis' Hiawatha Collegiate High School discuss polarization within the federal government. Meg Anderson/NPR hide caption

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Today's lesson in AP U.S. Government: What just happened with Kevin McCarthy

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Friday

Turmoil on Capitol Hill makes for timely discussions in high school civics classes

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Monday

A woman stands in front of an blank canvas hung up at the Kunsten Museum in Aalborg, Denmark, in 2021. Danish artist Jens Haaning sent the museum blank canvasses under the title Take the Money and Run. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

The former president of Spain's soccer federation, Luis Rubiales, passes a police van as he leaves a court appearance in Madrid on Friday. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Kim Davis, the former clerk in Rowan County, Ky., was ordered to pay damages to a couple whom she denied a marriage license. Davis is seen here in 2015. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Tuesday

This combo of images provided by the Memphis Police Department shows officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, and bottom row from left, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith. The five former officers are now facing federal civil rights charges in the beating death of Tyre Nichols as they continue to fight second-degree murder charges in state courts arising from the killing. AP hide caption

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Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police briefs the media on developments in the manhunt for convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante at Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company on Sunday. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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Sunday

Thursday

Reza Baluchi was taken in by the U.S. Coast Guard last week while trying to cross the Atlantic in a "hydro pod" made of buoys. Authorities in Flagler County, Fla., responded to Baluchi and his vessel in 2021 and posted photos of his vessel on Facebook. Flagler County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office on Facebook hide caption

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Tuesday

Jorge Vilda stands during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between Sweden and Spain in Auckland, New Zealand, on Aug. 15. Spain's soccer federation announced Vilda's dismissal as coach of the women's national team on Tuesday. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Saturday

Gymnasts Shilese Jones, Simone Biles and Leanne Wong pose after placing second, first and third in the all-around competition on the final day of women's competition at the 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Sunday in San Jose, Calif. Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

In Spain, there's a reckoning over sexism and women's sports

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Friday

Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales refused on Friday to resign his post. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Women's World Cup champs say they won't play for Spain until soccer chief is removed

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Thursday

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the head of the Spanish soccer federation, Luis Rubiales. Rubiales is seen here at a reception for the Spanish team on Tuesday in Madrid, after Spain won the Women's World Cup on Sunday. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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