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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6:57pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Health Care

Obama Defends Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Nears

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:10 pm

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4:41pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Politics

Obama: U.S. Lacks A 'Complete Strategy' For Training Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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5:01am

Thu May 28, 2015
Politics

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:11 pm

While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt.
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Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some leftover bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. Just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

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4:33pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Environment

EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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3:53pm

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:21 pm

Seattle Space Needle elevator operator Michael Hall says despite the success of the attraction, his pay hasn't budged in four years.
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As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

For seven years, Michael Hall has been guiding tourists to the top of Seattle's Space Needle and back. It's a unique vantage point from which to watch the ups and downs of Americans' paychecks.

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4:21pm

Fri May 22, 2015
National Security

Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 8:32 pm

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5:22pm

Mon May 18, 2015
Law

Obama To Regulate Police Use Of Some Military-Style Hardware

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:08 pm

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6:16am

Fri May 15, 2015
Politics

Obama Reaffirms Security Commitment To Gulf Partners

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:34 pm

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5:03pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Politics

President Obama Meets With Arab Allies At Camp David

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:35 pm

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7:27pm

Wed May 13, 2015
It's All Politics

How Do You Say 'Snafu' In Japanese?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:02 pm

When Democratic opposition delayed a major Asia-Pacific trade deal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked if the administration had to do some hand-holding with the 11 countries involved in the talks. "I don't know how 'snafu' translates into a variety of Asian languages," he said.
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The Senate looks ready to move ahead with trade legislation, after a daylong delay that the Obama administration repeatedly described as a "snafu."

"These kinds of procedural snafus are not uncommon," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest after Democrats held up the bill, which would give President Obama authority to expedite passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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