Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.

In her reporting, Fessler covers homelessness, hunger, and the impact of the recession on the nation's less fortunate. She reports on non-profit groups, how they're trying to address poverty and other social issues, and how they've been affected by the economic downturn. Her poverty reporting was recognized by a 2011 First Place Headliner Award in the human interest category.

Previously, Fessler reported primarily on homeland security, including security at U.S. ports, airlines, and borders. She has also reported on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 Commission investigation, and such issues as Social Security and election reform. Fessler was also one of NPR's White House reporters during the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Before becoming a correspondent, Fessler was the acting senior editor on the Washington Desk and oversaw the network's coverage of the impeachment of President Clinton and the 1998 mid-term elections. She was NPR's chief election editor in 1996, and coordinated all network coverage of the presidential, congressional, and state elections. Prior to that role, Fessler was the deputy Washington editor and Midwest National Desk editor.

Before coming to NPR in 1993, she was a senior writer at Congressional Quarterly magazine. Fessler worked at CQ for 13 years as both a reporter and editor, covering tax, budget, and other news. She also worked as a budget specialist at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and was a reporter at The Record newspaper in Hackensack, NJ.

Fessler has a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from Douglass College in New Jersey.

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3:48am

Tue January 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.

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5:32pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Around the Nation

An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:44 pm

Ephraim Benton, a former resident of Tompkins Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, is now an actor. Benton started a community-based organization called Beyond Influencing Da Hood, which puts on health fairs, film festivals and various free community events in his old housing project. This photo was taken in front of his old building in Tompkins Houses.
Courtesy of Shino Yanagawa

Life in public housing sometimes can be difficult, but it's also a lot like life anywhere — made up mostly of work, school, family and friends. Still, many who don't live in public housing have a negative image of those who do.

Two former residents are trying to change that.

Rico Washington is one of them. The 38-year-old with long dreadlocks and a neatly trimmed beard grew up in Kimberly Gardens public housing apartments in Laurel, Md. When he was younger he was embarrassed about where he lived, he says, and would have co-workers drop him off down the street.

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4:21pm

Tue December 23, 2014
Around the Nation

Near Police Killings, A Community With A Cycle Of Crime

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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6:03am

Mon December 1, 2014
Around the Nation

Charities Kick Off Holiday Season With Giving Tuesday

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:24 am

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In the pattern of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, tomorrow is labeled Giving Tuesday. Charities want to attract new donors. It's the third Giving Tuesday and the biggest so far, as NPR's Pam Fessler reports.

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5:20am

Wed November 12, 2014
Politics

Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 8:09 am

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4:57am

Fri October 31, 2014
Law

Activists Against Voter Restrictions May Be Hindering Their Legal Case

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 11:35 am

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Here's an irony of this fall's election. New voter ID laws and other restrictions are in effect.

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4:32pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:54 pm

Ballots from June 2014 marked "too late" in Sacramento County, Calif.
Kim Alexander Courtesy California Voter Foundation

Millions of voters — about 1 in 5 — are expected to vote absentee, or by mail, in November's midterm elections. For many voters, it's more convenient than going to the polls.

But tens of thousands of these mail-in ballots are likely to be rejected — and the voter might never know, or know why.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found that in 2012 more than a quarter of a million absentee ballots were rejected.

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3:02pm

Thu October 16, 2014
It's All Politics

Recent Rulings Alter Voting Laws Ahead Of November Election

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 3:50 pm

Election worker Dorothy Davis checks a voter's ID during Arkansas' party primary elections in May. After a state Supreme Court ruling, Arkansas' voter ID law won't be in effect for the November elections.
Danny Johnston AP

Election Day is 2 1/2 weeks away and early voting has already started in many places. So here's a recap for all those trying to keep track of the flurry of last-minute legal activity involving state voting laws:

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4:05pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Law

Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Texas, Wisconsin

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:43 pm

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4:53am

Fri October 10, 2014
Law

U.S. Supreme Court Court Halts Wis. Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:05 am

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