Laurel Wamsley Laurel Wamsley is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She reports breaking news for NPR's digital coverage, newscasts, and news magazines, as well as occasional features.
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Laurel Wamsley

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Laurel Wamsley is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She reports breaking news for NPR's digital coverage, newscasts, and news magazines, as well as occasional features. She was also the lead reporter for NPR's coverage of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.

Wamsley got her start at NPR as an intern for Weekend Edition Saturday in January 2007 and stayed on as a production assistant for NPR's flagship news programs, before joining the Washington Desk for the 2008 election.

She then left NPR, doing freelance writing and editing in Austin, Texas, and then working in various marketing roles for technology companies in Austin and Chicago.

In November 2015, Wamsley returned to NPR as an associate producer for the National Desk, where she covered stories including Hurricane Matthew in coastal Georgia. She became a Newsdesk reporter in March 2017, and has since covered subjects including climate change, possibilities for social networks beyond Facebook, the sex lives of Neanderthals, and joke theft.

In 2010, Wamsley was a Journalism and Women Symposium Fellow and participated in the German-American Fulbright Commission's Berlin Capital Program, and was a 2016 Voqal Foundation Fellow. She will spend two months reporting from Germany as a 2019 Arthur F. Burns Fellow, a program of the International Center for Journalists.

Wamsley earned a B.A. with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Wamsley holds a master's degree from Ohio University, where she was a Public Media Fellow and worked at NPR Member station WOUB. A native of Athens, Ohio, she now lives and bikes in Washington, DC.

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How inflation affects low-income people

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Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski presents a closing argument to the jury during the trial of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan on Monday at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia. The three men are charged in the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Several cities are reviving interest in rent stabilization

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Rising food prices have resulted in both food insecurity and improvisation

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Los Angeles International Airport and SoFi Stadium employers spoke with potential job applicants at a job fair in Inglewood, Calif., in September. About 19% of all households in an NPR poll say they lost all their savings during the COVID-19 outbreak, and have none to fall back on. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Black and Latino families continue to bear pandemic's great economic toll in U.S.

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Haitian gang wants $1 million ransom for each of the 17 kidnapped missionaries

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Black and Latino families are bearing the weight of the pandemic's economic toll

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A girl waits with other earthquake victims for the start of a food distribution in Les Cayes, Haiti, in August, a week after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the area. Matias Delacroix/AP hide caption

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Jon Gruden resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night following reports he had sent derogatory and offensive emails. Gruden is seen here on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Fire crews work the scene of a small plane crash on Monday in Santee, Calif. At least two people were killed and two others were injured when the plane crashed into the suburban neighborhood, setting two homes ablaze. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Teens say Facebook's addictive Instagram app makes them anxious

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A person receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Los Angeles in April. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Judging 'sincerely held' religious belief is tricky for employers mandating vaccines

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Some Players Aren't Convinced By US Soccer's 'Identical' Men's And Women's Contracts

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