Ailsa Chang

Ailsa Chang is a Congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Since joining NPR in September 2012, Chang has covered the first major gun control legislation to reach Capitol Hill in two decades, recovery efforts after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and a multitude of law enforcement issues, including reforms by the overstretched and underfunded police department in Camden, NJ.

Chang spent six years as a lawyer before becoming a journalist. Prior to coming to NPR, Chang was an investigative reporter at NPR member station WNYC from 2009 to 2012 in New York City where she covered criminal justice and other legal issues.

Chang has received numerous national awards for her investigative reporting. In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her two-part investigative series on the New York City Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" policy and allegations of unlawful marijuana arrests by officers. The reports also earned honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.

She was also the recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award, and an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors for her investigation on how Detroit's broken public defender system leaves lawyers with insufficient resources to effectively represent their clients.

In 2011, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association named Chang as the winner of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting for radio.

Chang graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University where she received her bachelor's degree. She earned a law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School and has two masters degrees, one in media law from Oxford University where she was a Fulbright Scholar and one in journalism from Columbia University.

She also served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in the chambers of Judge John T. Noonan, Jr.

Chang was a Kroc fellow at NPR from 2008 to 2009. She has also been a reporter and producer for NPR member station KQED in San Francisco.

Chang grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Politics

Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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5:01am

Mon January 5, 2015
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Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 7:57 am

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4:38pm

Thu January 1, 2015
Politics

2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, shown walking towards the Senate chamber on December 16, pushed through a final batch of judicial nominees this month, before the Republican-dominated Senate takes over in the new year.
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Since he's taken office, President Obama has seen more than 300 federal judges confirmed, putting him ahead of the past two presidents at their six-year marks. A huge chunk of those confirmations happened in 2014 — the year after the Senate Democrats got rid of the filibuster for most judicial nominations.

To assess how that rules change might have helped things along, consider a few numbers.

In 2014, 89 judges were confirmed; that's the highest yearly total in two decades, a it's almost one-third of all of Obama's confirmations since he first took office six years ago.

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6:27am

Wed December 17, 2014
Politics

Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:29 am

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The 113th Congress has officially come to a close. The Senate adjourned late last night after passing a bill to extend tax breaks and confirming a slew of nominations. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

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4:19pm

Tue December 16, 2014
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Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:46 pm

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5:15am

Tue December 16, 2014
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Siding With Obama On Deportations Hurts Saldana's Bipartisan Support

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
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Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

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4:30pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Politics

Congress Runs Up Against Deadline To Pass A Budget

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:39 pm

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Politics

Senate May Need Every Minute To Meet Government Funding Deadline

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Politics

Congress Pushes Up Against Deadline To Keep Government Funded

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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