Ron Elving

Ron Elving is the NPR News' Senior Washington Editor directing coverage of the nation's capital and national politics and providing on-air political analysis for many NPR programs.

Elving can regularly be heard on Talk of the Nation providing analysis of the latest in politics. He is also heard on the "It's All Politics" weekly podcast along with NPR's Ken Rudin.

Under Elving's leadership, NPR has been awarded the industry's top honors for political coverage including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a 2002 duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism, the Merriman Smith Award for White House reporting from the White House Correspondents Association and the Barone Award from the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. In 2008, the American Political Science Association awarded NPR the Carey McWilliams Award "in recognition of a major contribution to the understanding of political science."

Before joining NPR in 1999, Elving served as political editor for USA Today and for Congressional Quarterly. He came to Washington in 1984 as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association and worked for two years as a staff member in the House and Senate. Previously, Elving served as a reporter and state capital bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was a media fellow at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Over his career, Elving has written articles published by The Washington Post, the Brookings Institution, Columbia Journalism Review, Media Studies Journal, and the American Political Science Association. He was a contributor and editor for eight reference works published by Congressional Quarterly Books from 1990 to 2003. His book, Conflict and Compromise: How Congress Makes the Law, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1995. Recently, Elving contributed the chapter, "Fall of the Favorite: Obama and the Media," to James Thurber's Obama in Office: The First Two Years.

Elving teaches public policy in the school of Public Administration at George Mason University and has also taught at Georgetown University, American University and Marquette University.

With an bachelor's degree from Stanford, Elving went on to earn master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of California-Berkeley.



Mon August 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Bernie Sanders And The Size And Wisdom Of Crowds

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:38 am

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has gotten some of the biggest and most devoted crowds of the 2016 presidential race, including in Portland, Ore., this month, where he drew more than 19,000.
Troy Wayrynen AP

One measure of how impressive Bernie Sanders' crowds have been lately is the respect they get from Donald Trump, a man who clearly believes size matters.

"He's getting the biggest crowds, and I'm getting the biggest crowds," Trump said last week of Sanders in one of his innumerable TV interviews.

He meant it as a putdown of Hillary Clinton, but the left-handed salute to Sanders resonated. Because he has arguably drawn the very biggest crowds this summer, even more "biggest" than Trump's.

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Wed August 12, 2015

Presidential Campaign Update: Sanders Rises In The Polls, Trump Leads GOP

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 6:56 pm

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Fri August 7, 2015
It's All Politics

Is Trump Turning Into A President Or 'Just Another Politician'?

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 4:56 pm

Donald Trump talks to reporters after Thursday's debate.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It is possible that Donald Trump will look back on the first Republican presidential debate Thursday night in Cleveland and wish he had not taken part.

That notion seems absurd at first glance. Taking the stage for the season's first clash was widely seen as the zenith of Trump's campaign to date, if not the validation for all his political thrusts dating back to the 1990s.

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Sun August 2, 2015

As First Presidential Debate Looms, A Look At The Landscape Of The Race

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 9:00 pm

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Wed July 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:57 pm

President Obama speaks in Ethiopia. While there, he noted that in the U.S., presidents can't run for more than two terms. But if they could, he said, he'd win.
Mulugeta Ayene AP

President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

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Fri July 10, 2015
It's All Politics

Kudos To Sanders, With A Wink To Clinton, Too

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 2:48 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has caught fire with some on the Democratic left, but, in the end, he may wind up helping Hillary Clinton.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

These are palmy days for Sen. Bernie Sanders and his improbable campaign for president. Thousands throng his events in Maine, Iowa and Wisconsin. He has raised $15 million in just a few months, and he polls better among Democrats than any one Republican is polling among Republicans.

At a minimum, the "independent socialist" senator has established himself as the insurgent to watch among Democrats in this cycle. So, we should salute the man. But we should also cast a smiling glance toward the other, possibly ultimate, beneficiary of his early success.

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Fri June 26, 2015
It's All Politics

How Key Republicans Helped Obama To Biggest Week Of His Second Term

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:43 pm

President Obama had one of the best weeks of his second term. And he has some key Republicans to thank for it.
Evan Vucci AP

With his eulogy Friday for the slain pastor and parishioners of "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama concluded the most shining week of his second term.

The president praised the leadership of South Carolina for its response to the Charleston killings, especially their decision to take down the Confederate battle flag that has long flown either on or next to the state Capitol in Columbia.

"By taking down that flag, we expressed God's grace," the president said. "For too long, we've been blind to past injustices."

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Fri June 26, 2015

Today At The High Court, A Triumph For Gay Rights Advocates

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Thu June 25, 2015
It's All Politics

Dixie's Long Journey From Democratic Stronghold To Republican Redoubt

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:11 pm

Ronald Reagan speaks to a reporter at the Republican National Convention in Florida in 1968. In 1984, Reagan carried in the biggest group of Southern Republicans in Congress since Reconstruction.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

The tragic events in Charleston this month have released years of racial and political tension in the South, and the pressure is being felt by Republican officeholders across the region.

Why the Republicans? Because it is increasingly difficult to find officeholders in the region who are not Republicans.

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Thu June 18, 2015
It's All Politics

#TBT: White House Hopefuls Be Jammin'

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 2:56 pm

TV host Jimmy Fallon (left) "slow jams the news" with presidential candidate Jeb Bush and Fallon's band.
Douglas Gorenstein AP