Ayesha Rascoe Ayesha Rascoe is a White House correspondent for NPR.
Ayesha Rascoe at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Ayesha Rascoe

White House Correspondent

Ayesha Rascoe is a White House correspondent for NPR. She is currently covering her third presidential administration. Rascoe's White House coverage has included a number of high profile foreign trips, including President Trump's 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and President Obama's final NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. As a part of the White House team, she's also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast.

Prior to joining NPR, Rascoe covered the White House for Reuters, chronicling Obama's final year in office and the beginning days of the Trump administration. Rascoe began her reporting career at Reuters, covering energy and environmental policy news, such as the 2010 BP oil spill and the U.S. response to the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. She also spent a year covering energy legal issues and court cases.

She graduated from Howard University in 2007 with a B.A. in journalism.

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Trial Over George Floyd's Killing Nears End

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President Biden has sought to focus his administration's foreign policy on the challenges posed by China — a topic he is set to discuss with Japan's prime minister on Friday. Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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After Almost Two Decades Of War, Biden To Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan

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Biden Proposes A Summit To Putin On Their 2nd Call

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As the first Black woman to ever serve as chief economist at the Labor Department, Janelle Jones is one of the Biden administration officials facing the task of addressing historic economic disparities that have only intensified during the pandemic. Janelle Jones hide caption

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This Top Biden Economist Has A Plan: Create Jobs, Address Inequality, Ignore Trolls

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Biden Economist Plans To Tackle Economic Disparities Caused By COVID-19

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Biden Defends His Response To Migrants At The Border And COVID-19 In Press Conference

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Brittany K. Barnett is a lawyer, entrepreneur and author of the memoir A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom. Cydni Brown/Brittany K. Barnett hide caption

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The Fight To Transform Criminal Justice

There are few paths to freedom for people serving life sentences in prison on federal drug charges. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe talks with Brittany K. Barnett, lawyer, entrepreneur and author of A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, about her role in the fight to free incarcerated people from these sentences. They talk about high profile clemencies, how life sentences are handed down even without physical evidence of drugs, and the wealth of Black love.

The Fight To Transform Criminal Justice

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Kat Bagger shows her support for the Asian community as she stands in front of Gold Spa, one of three locations where deadly shootings happened at day spas, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 17, 2021. The Washington Post/The Washington Post via Getty Im hide caption

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A History Of Anti-Asian Racism, Plus 'Married At First Sight'

In the wake of Tuesday's mass shooting in Atlanta, guest host Ayesha Rascoe talks to critical race theorist and professor Jennifer Ho about the history behind anti-Asian racism and what it means to be an Asian woman in America. Then, Ayesha chats about her latest obsession, the reality dating show Married at First Sight, with fellow devotees Delece Smith-Barrow, education editor at Politico, and Brittany Luse, former co-host and executive producer of The Nod.

A History Of Anti-Asian Racism, Plus 'Married At First Sight'

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