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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Biden Calls On The Military To Look Into Making The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory

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The lead GOP negotiators on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation — Sens. Lisa Murkowski (from left), Bill Cassidy, Rob Portman, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney — speak to reporters Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn wipes his eye as he testifies during Tuesday's House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack. During his testimony, Dunn said rioters hurled racial epithets at him and other Black officers. Oliver Contreras/AP hide caption

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President Biden, here with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the latest progress on his infrastructure agenda. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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From left: Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and others hold a bipartisan meeting on infrastructure in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., opposes a deal setting up a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Sen. Raphael Warnock and his fellow Georgia Democrat, Jon Ossoff, are taking more progressive positions and sticking close to President Biden, while Arizona Democrats Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema are opting for a more centrist approach. Bill Clark/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Georgia And Arizona Senators Show Progressive-Centrist Split In Democratic Party

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President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress. Biden made the pitch for a larger federal role in American society and marked history in the House chamber with two top women: Vice President Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Jim Watson/AP hide caption

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., left, has argued that President Biden is not governing like the moderate he campaigned as in 2020. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., seen here at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, confirms he's under investigation by the Justice Department but denies the allegations tied to the inquiry. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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