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Claudia Grisales, photographed for NPR, 13 November 2019, in Washington DC.
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Claudia Grisales

Congressional Reporter

Claudia Grisales is a congressional reporter assigned to NPR's Washington Desk.

Before joining NPR in June 2019, she was a Capitol Hill reporter covering military affairs for Stars and Stripes. She also covered breaking news involving fallen service members and the Trump administration's relationship with the military. She also investigated service members who have undergone toxic exposures, such as the atomic veterans who participated nuclear bomb testing and subsequent cleanup operations.

Prior to Stars and Stripes, Grisales was an award-winning reporter at the daily newspaper in Central Texas, the Austin American-Statesman, for 16 years. There, she covered the intersection of business news and regulation, energy issues and public safety. She also conducted a years-long probe that uncovered systemic abuses and corruption at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest member-owned utility in the country. The investigation led to the ousting of more than a dozen executives, state and U.S. congressional hearings and criminal convictions for two of the co-op's top leaders.

Grisales is originally from Chicago and is an alum of the University of Houston, the University of Texas and Syracuse University. At Syracuse, she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she earned a master's degree in journalism.

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U.S. Capitol Police officers and members of the National Guard keep watch at the Constitution Avenue entrance to the East Plaza of the Capitol where an officer was killed when a man rammed a car into the barricade on April 2. The debate about whether there should be permanent fencing will be front and center when lawmakers return next week. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Recent Attacks On The Capitol Have Reignited Debate Over Security And Fencing

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Securing the Capitol or Fencing in Democracy? And, Biden's Policy Strategy

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Recent Attacks On The Capitol Have Reignited Debate Over Its Security

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Car Rammed 2 U.S. Capitol Police Officers At A Barricade At The Capitol

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The January siege of the U.S. Capitol is forcing lawmakers and top agency officials to pivot to find out about future threats before individuals and groups with extreme views try to mount new attacks. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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With Focus On Domestic Extremists, Lawmakers Aim To Reorient National Security Agenda

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An installation erected near the U.S. Capitol showcases support for the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act on March 17, 2021. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Communities Uni hide caption

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Kids Entering US Alone Present Challenge For Biden

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Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Defends DHS's Work At The Border To Congress

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The Looming Presence Of Trump Is Affecting Republicans Up For Reelection

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Security Assessment Of The Capitol Calls For 854 More Officers

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Security fencing surrounds the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection. A new assessment commissioned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggests a mobile fencing system that could be adapted based on threats. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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