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Deirdre Walsh

Congressional Correspondent

Deirdre Walsh is a congressional correspondent for NPR's Washington Desk.

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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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., applauds U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Capitol Police chief: Jan. 6 failures 'largely' fixed but extremism threat persists

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., ran unopposed for the position of House Democratic leader. He replaces Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who announced she would not run for the top leadership post after Democrats lost control of the House in the midterms. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected as leader of the House Democrats

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Alongside Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) outside the U.S. Capitol. Democrats called on Republicans to join them in passing DACA legislation during the lame-duck session. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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McCarthy will need the support of House Freedom Caucus members in his bid to be Speaker

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Nancy Pelosi announces her candidacy for the 5th Congressional District at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco, Calif. on February 12, 1987. Vince Maggiora/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images hide caption

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After 20 Years, Nancy Pelosi Will Step Down As Top House Democrat

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House Democrats look to a new generation of leaders after Pelosi's announcement

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Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., is poised to take the gavel as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee if Republicans take control of the House in January. They are expected to hold a narrow majority and launch wide ranging probes of the Biden administration. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks with reporters as he leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on Monday. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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House Minority Leader faces an early test of party loyalty

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As vote counting continues, both chambers of Congress remain too close to call

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How would the president and Congress govern with a divided government?

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A view of the San Francisco home of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Paul Pelosi, the husband of the speaker was violently attacked in their home by an intruder, who has been charged with attempted homicide and other charges. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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