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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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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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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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A Ukranian woman sits in a car with her family in Zaporizhzhia on Saturday, after they fled from the Russian-occupied territory of Kherson. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In southern Ukraine, Kherson residents live in fear — and hope — as battle looms

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After eight months of fighting, Ukrainian infantry soldiers are exhausted

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What life is like for those living in the Russian-occupied city of Kherson

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A ship passes through the Bosphorus strait on October 14, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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Western leaders blast Russia's exit from grain deal that's helped ease global hunger

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