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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It's All Politics
11:44 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Now On The National Stage, Scott Walker Is Still A Guy From Delavan

Delavan, Wis., is home to giant circus animal statues that commemorate a quirky history as the place where circus companies wintered.
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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 11:42 am

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

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It's All Politics
6:13 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Predictably, Democrats, Republicans Don't Agree On Charleston Causes, Solutions

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to members of the media after visiting the memorial site at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed.
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Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:42 pm

This post was updated at 6:13 p.m. ET

When tragedies happen, like the shooting in Charleston, they usually find their way into the realm of politics eventually.

This time is no different, as Democrats and Republicans are finding very different ways of talking about what happened in South Carolina. Democrats see race and gun control as issues at the center of it. Republicans, on the other hand, largely point to mental illness and label what happened a tragic but random act.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Sun June 14, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush speaking in Germany days before his expected official launch of his presidential campaign.
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Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:54 pm

Jeb Bush is set to announce his candidacy for president Monday. If he wins, he would be the third Bush to be president in the past 25 years. Jeb Bush has said he's his own man. Well, here are five things you should know about him.

1. Jeb Bush is not his real name

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Politics
5:07 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich Runs For President, He Could Be A Wildcard

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

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8:32 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Q&A: Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He Does It His Way

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to a crowd at a restaurant in New Hampshire in May. He's considering a run for president in 2016.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 11:13 am

The latest name to make serious noise about a 2016 White House bid is the Republican governor of a state long been considered a key to GOP chances of winning the presidency — Ohio.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Why Jeb Bush Can't Bank On Faith Like His Brother Did

Jeb Bush, seen here bowing his head in prayer as governor of Florida in 2000, is deeply religious. "Twenty years ago I converted to Catholicism," Bush said last month. "It was one of the smartest things I've done in my whole life."
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Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 2:15 pm

Evangelical voters are a major force in Iowa Republican politics. A force that can tip the balance in the state's marquee event: the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

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Politics
8:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:14 pm

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12:14 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Political Postcard: Still Love For Bill Clinton In A Place Called Hope

Former President Bill Clinton campaigns before the 2014 elections for former Sen. Mark Pryor, center, and Mike Ross, right, the Democratic candidate for governor.
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Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:37 pm

Mike Huckabee kicked off his second run for the White House this week in Arkansas, a state where he has deep roots that he shares with another famous politician — Bill Clinton.

Huckabee and Clinton were both governors of the Southern state for more than a decade, and they also both hail from the same hometown — Hope.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Huckabee Hopes Evangelical Voters Are Tying Yellow Ribbons For Him

When Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas, he tied a yellow ribbon around a bust of President Clinton at the Governor's Mansion. He said he would remove the ribbon when the federal government allows ARKids First to continue enrolling Medicaid-eligible applicants into the program.
Chris Johnson AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 8:37 am

When Mike Huckabee ran for president eight years ago, he was a new face on the national scene, a fresh upstart former governor of Arkansas and a one-time Baptist preacher, who quickly became a favorite among evangelical voters.

He had an ease on the campaign trail, an openness with the media, and a quirkiness that made him seem like a breath of fresh air.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Mike Huckabee Announces Bid For Republican Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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