Don Gonyea

Although Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., he spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate throughout the country. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Gonyea chronicled the controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battles in the courts. At the same time George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Gonyea started as NPR's White House Correspondent. He was at the White House on the morning of September 11, 2001, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.

As White House correspondent, Gonyea covered the Bush administration's prosecution of wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq and during the 2004 campaign he traveled with President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. In November 2006, Gonyea co-anchored NPR's coverage of historic elections when Democrats captured control of both houses of the US Congress. In 2008, Gonyea was the lead reporter covering the entire Obama presidential campaign for NPR, from the Iowa caucuses to victory night in Chicago. He was also there when candidate Obama visited the Middle East and Europe. He continued covering the White House and President Barack Obama until spring 2010, when he moved into his current position.

Gonyea has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Doha, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He attended President Bush's first ever meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Slovenia in 2001, and subsequent, at times testy meetings between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Bratislava. He also covered Mr.Obama's first trip overseas as president.

In 1986, Gonyea got his start at NPR reporting from Detroit on labor unions and the automobile industry. He spent countless hours on picket lines and in union halls covering strikes, including numerous lengthy work stoppages at GM in the late 1990s. Gonyea also reported on the development of alternative fuel and hybrid-powered automobiles, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted-suicide crusade, and the 1999 closing of Detroit's classic Tiger Stadium — the ballpark of his youth.

Over the years Gonyea has contributed to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He periodically teaches college journalism courses.

Gonyea has won numerous national and state awards for his reporting. He was part of the team that earned NPR a 2000 George Foster Peabody Award for the All Things Considered series "Lost & Found Sound."

A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is an honors graduate of Michigan State University.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Politics

Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Politics

Representatives Laud A Departing Dean, 59-Year Veteran John Dingell

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

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5:33pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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Congress Says Goodbye To Its Last World War II Vets

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

Rep. John Dingell (from left), D-Mich., Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., Rep. Ralph Regula, R- Ohio, Rep. Ralph Hall, D-Texas, Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., and Rep. Amo Houghton, R-N.Y., stand at a House ceremony honoring World War II veterans in 2004.
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The World War II era is about to officially draw to a close in the United States Congress. This comes after seven full decades during which there was always a veteran of that war in the legislative body.

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4:30pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Politics

Is The Election Over Yet?

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 10:31 am

The Republican candidate for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, Martha McSally, speaks at a news conference on Nov. 5, the morning after the election. McSally's race against Democrat Ron Barber is so close it triggered a recount.
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The election is over, right? Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate and padded their majority in the House.

So the big drama of the campaign may have subsided, but there is still a handful of congressional contests up in the air.

There are runoff elections scheduled. A couple of races that are still too close to call. And at least one official recount coming.

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7:09am

Thu November 13, 2014
Politics

Record Numbers Of Women, Minorities Make Up Incoming Congress

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 7:54 am

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4:42pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Politics

Congress' Newest Members Come To Washington

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4:59am

Thu November 6, 2014
Politics

Republicans Gain Seats In State Legislatures, Governors Mansions

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 11:15 am

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4:33pm

Mon November 3, 2014
Politics

Getting Out The Vote A More Challenging Task In The Midterms

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

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5:04am

Mon November 3, 2014
Politics

Iowa Senate Candidates Get In Last-Minute Campaigning

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 8:00 am

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5:19pm

Sun November 2, 2014
Politics

Have A Listen: Don Gonyea's 2014 Campaign Playlist

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:08 pm

National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea covers hot political races all over the country.
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Join NPR on Election Night, Nov. 4, at elections.npr.org for live reports from reporters across the country, live results and our live blog. We asked NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea to help kick off our Election Night party by sharing some of the music that's playing in his ear as he covers the 2014 campaign.

My editors gave me an unusual election assignment: Come up with a playlist for the 2014 midterm campaign.

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