Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration, with a special emphasis on economic issues.

The 2012 campaign is the third presidential contest Horsley has covered for NPR. He previously reported on Senator John McCain's White House bid in 2008 and Senator John Kerry's campaign in 2004. Thanks to this experience, Horsley has become an expert in the motel shampoo offerings of various battleground states.

Horsley took up the White House beat after serving as a San Diego-based business correspondent for NPR where he covered fast food, gasoline prices, and the California electricity crunch of 2000. He reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley was a reporter for member station KPBS-FM, where he received numerous honors, including a Public Radio News Directors' award for coverage of the California energy crisis.

Earlier in his career, Horsley worked as a reporter for WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and as a news writer and reporter for commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. Horsley began his professional career as a production assistant for NPR's Morning Edition.

Horsley earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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4:03pm

Tue December 30, 2014
Politics

2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 11:30 am

Water vapor, which looks like smoke, is seen rising from a power plant near Hengshui in China's Hebei province. In November, President Obama announced a landmark carbon-cutting deal with China — the world's leading producer of greenhouse gases. And the Chinese government has announced plans to cap the use of coal within five years.
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Some of the stories that gripped our attention in 2014 will probably be forgotten in a few years — if not a few weeks. But there's one story that President Obama argues we'll be living with for decades to come.

"There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. And that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate," he said in September, addressing the United Nations Climate Change Summit.

Even as Obama struggled with other big challenges this year, climate was one area where he managed to get some traction.

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5:29pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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5:43pm

Thu December 18, 2014
World

Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:32 pm

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6:32am

Wed December 17, 2014
Europe

Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:15 pm

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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Politics

Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

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

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5:00am

Tue December 9, 2014
Politics

Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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4:47pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Politics

Immigration Awkwardness Could Cloud Obama's Meeting With Governors

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 9:01 pm

President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.

Editor's Note: A quote in the transcript for this story has been incorrectly attributed, and the quote has some extraneous words. Governor-elect Greg Abbott said the following: "That's not prosecutorial discretion. That is a rewriting of the law that Congress wrote."

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4:22pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Politics

Obama Talks Gas Tax And Visas With Business Leaders

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:34 am

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5:06am

Tue December 2, 2014
Global Health

President Hopes To Draw Attention, And Funding, To Ebola Research

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:44 am

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10:54am

Fri November 21, 2014
Politics

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:46 pm

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And this morning, House Speaker John Boehner has weighed in. He delivered a statement reacting to President Obama's plans to overhaul the country's immigration system. Here's some of what he had to say.

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