Brian Naylor

NPR News' Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the Washington Desk.

In this role, he covers politics and federal agencies, including transportation and homeland security.

With more than 30 years of experience at NPR, Naylor has served as National Desk correspondent, White House correspondent, congressional correspondent, foreign correspondent and newscaster during All Things Considered. He has filled in as host on many NPR programs, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.

During his NPR career, Naylor has covered many of the major world events, including political conventions, the Olympics, the White House, Congress and the mid-Atlantic region. Naylor reported from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, from New Orleans following the BP oil spill, and from West Virginia after the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine.

While covering the U.S. Congress in the mid-1990s, Naylor's reporting contributed to NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism award for political reporting.

Before coming to NPR in 1982, Naylor worked at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at a commercial radio station in Maine.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine.



Mon November 3, 2014

In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan Runs Stronger Than Expected

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

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BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: This is Brian Naylor in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I caught up with 18-year-old Krisha Capellan, who spent this splendid fall day out knocking on doors.

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Tue October 28, 2014
It's All Politics

Bear-Baiting And Big Races Drown Portland, Maine, In Campaign Ads

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

A ballot measure in Maine over bear-baiting has drawn ads from both sides of the debate, including this one from the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which opposes the measure.
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Fri October 24, 2014

Blue State With Independent Twist: Maine's 3-Way Race For Governor

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:03 am

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Wed October 15, 2014
Reporter's Notebook

Baseball, Vietnam And Coming Of Age At The 1969 World Series

A ticket for that fateful game.
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For me, 45 years ago today — Oct. 15, 1969 — was one of those rare days, a day you remember all your life. It was Game 4 of the World Series. Mets vs. Orioles. My Mets were up two games to one. And I was at Shea Stadium.

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Wed October 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple Says iOS Encryption Protects Privacy; FBI Raises Crime Fears

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

FBI Director James Comey says new encryption features allow people "to place themselves beyond the law."
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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are up in arms about new technology now available from Apple and soon to be released by Google.

The software encrypts the data on smartphones and other mobile devices so that not even the companies themselves will be able to access the information.

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Mon October 6, 2014

Ex-Agent Cites 'Progressive Down Slide' In Morale At Secret Service

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:12 pm

A Secret Service agent stands watch near Air Force One in August.
Charles Dharapak AP

Low morale could be partly to blame for the recent spate of security lapses at the Secret Service.

The agency with the responsibility for protecting the president, vice president and their families rates in the bottom third in job satisfaction rankings within the federal government.

The root of that discontent could be bureaucratic. The Secret Service, which was created in 1865 to fight counterfeiters, traces its heritage back to the U.S. Treasury Department. It didn't get into the business of protecting presidents until 1901 after the assassination of President McKinley.

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Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Director To Face Tough Question At House Hearing

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:46 pm

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This is one of those questions that is perfect for a congressional hearing, though not so perfect for the witness. The question is how a man managed to get so far onto the White House grounds.


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Fri September 19, 2014
National Security

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

American Joshua Fattal was released in 2011 from Iran after the Sultan of Oman paid more than $400,000 in ransom. He now says the U.S. should bail its citizens out abroad.
Mohammed Mahjoub AFP/Getty Images

It was three years ago that Joshua Fattal tasted freedom again. Fattal was one of three Americans who were seized as they hiked in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He was held for 26 months by the Tehran government, charged with spying. His release came as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the United States.

"I was released while Ahmadinejad was visiting the U.N. for the U.N. General Assembly, and it was really just a publicity stunt and I could tell what they were doing was a response to pressure," says Fattal.

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Wed September 17, 2014

Congressional Panels Chastise NHTSA Over GM Ignition Problems

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

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Wed September 10, 2014

Veterans' Care Emerges As A Key, Bipartisan Issue In Campaign Ads

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 8:37 am

Campaign ad still from Arkansas congressional candidate Jackie McPherson.