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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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with President Trump at the White House. The Republican Party has unveiled a new pandemic relief bill, but tough negotiations lie ahead with Democrats. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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

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Rollout Of Republican Coronavirus Aid Bill Pushed To Next Week

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A marble bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney is displayed at the U.S. Capitol in March. Taney authored the 1857 Supreme Court decision against Dred Scott, an enslaved African American man who sued for his freedom. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday. On Saturday, the flag was lowered to half staff to honor the life of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who died late Friday. Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images hide caption

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Former national security adviser John Bolton, here at a February event in North Carolina, is releasing a memoir with strong allegations of misconduct against President Trump. But Bolton's accusations are notable for the splash they aren't making. Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Capitol is viewed as a kite flies at the National Mall in Washington earlier this month. Both the House and Senate delayed their return to Washington and leaders are now saying Congress is not expected to return before May 4. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday released a list of additional items they believe need to be included in the next emergency relief package to respond to the coronavirus. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., picked South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn to head a bipartisan committee on the coronavirus. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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House Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have released their own version of the Senate's stimulus package in response to the coronavirus crisis. Pelosi is seen here on March 13 ahead of an earlier aid package deal. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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