Deirdre Walsh
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Deirdre Walsh, 2018
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Deirdre Walsh

Congressional Editor

Deirdre Walsh is the congress editor for NPR's Washington Desk.

Based in Washington, DC, Walsh manages a team of reporters covering Capitol Hill and political campaigns.

Before joining NPR in 2018, Walsh worked as a senior congressional producer at CNN. In her nearly 18-year career there, she was an off-air reporter and a key contributor to the network's newsgathering efforts, filing stories for CNN.com and producing pieces that aired on domestic and international networks. Prior to covering Capitol Hill, Walsh served as a producer for Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics.

Walsh was elected in August 2018 as the president of the Board of Directors for the Washington Press Club Foundation, a non-profit focused on promoting diversity in print and broadcast media. Walsh has won several awards for enterprise and election reporting, including the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress by the National Press Association, which she won in February 2013 along with CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. Walsh was also awarded the Joan Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based Congressional or Political Reporting in June 2013.

Walsh received a B.A. in political science and communications from Boston College.

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President Trump and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett walk along the Rose Garden colonnade on Saturday. The focus on the court just weeks before the election could help energize conservatives in key states. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will lead the confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber Monday after speaking about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. McConnell made the case on the Senate floor that voters elected a GOP majority to confirm judicial nominees. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., fended off a primary challenge on Tuesday from Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., for a second full term in the Senate. Although both ran as progressives, young climate change activists helped fuel Markey's victory. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Lawmakers On Both Sides Of The Aisle Contend With New Political Realities

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks in Wilmington, Del., during Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention. She spoke about her upbringing and her family and her background as a prosecutor. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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After Delays, Republicans Rolled Out A New Pandemic Relief Bill. Democrats Balked

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