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Franco Ordoñez

White House Correspondent

Franco Ordoñez is a White House Correspondent for NPR's Washington Desk. Before he came to NPR in 2019, Ordoñez covered the White House for McClatchy. He has also written about diplomatic affairs, foreign policy and immigration, and has been a correspondent in Cuba, Colombia, Mexico and Haiti.

Ordoñez has received several state and national awards for his work, including the Casey Medal, the Gerald Loeb Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a two-time reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists, and is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and the University of Georgia.

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US basketball player Brittney Griner stands in a defendants' cage before a court hearing during her trial on charges of drug smuggling, in Khimki, outside Moscow on August 2, 2022. EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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WNBA player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, holds a picture of her team as she stands inside a defendants' cage before a court hearing in Khimki, outside Moscow, on Aug. 4. Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden delivers remarks during a reception to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff at the White House on Sept. 30. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Second gentleman Emhoff says antisemitism has become an epidemic

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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes President Biden before their meeting at the French Embassy to the Vatican in Rome on Oct. 29, 2021. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With French President Macron's state visit, expect a mix of diplomacy and glamour

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Ukrainian infantry soldiers go through training exercises at a military camp outside Dnipro, Ukraine, on Oct. 24. Official "morale officers" watch over the soldiers, keeping them focused on the fight, addressing any problems quickly and not letting them fester inside, which can be dangerous on the battlefield. Franco Ordoñez/NPR hide caption

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Exhausted Ukrainian soldiers fight mental fatigue as the war drags on

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President Biden meets with world leaders at the G20 summit in Indonesia

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US President Joe Biden (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 14, 2022. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands as they begin talks in Bali. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden and China's Xi met for three hours. Here's what they talked about

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Biden will meet with Xi amid high tensions from U.S. support for Taiwan

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Midterms went better than expected for Biden. Now he's traveling to Asia

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The midterms went better than expected for Biden. Now he's traveling to Asia

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Since he took office, President Biden has only been able to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping virtually — like in this Nov. 2021 file photo — or by phone. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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