Brian Naylor

NPR News' Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the Washington Desk.

In this role, he covers politics and federal agencies, including transportation and homeland security.

With more than 30 years of experience at NPR, Naylor has served as National Desk correspondent, White House correspondent, congressional correspondent, foreign correspondent and newscaster during All Things Considered. He has filled in as host on many NPR programs, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.

During his NPR career, Naylor has covered many of the major world events, including political conventions, the Olympics, the White House, Congress and the mid-Atlantic region. Naylor reported from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, from New Orleans following the BP oil spill, and from West Virginia after the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine.

While covering the U.S. Congress in the mid-1990s, Naylor's reporting contributed to NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism award for political reporting.

Before coming to NPR in 1982, Naylor worked at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at a commercial radio station in Maine.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine.

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12:07pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:28 pm

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, seen in Afghanistan in this undated photo, was killed in 2011 during a U.S. raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
AP

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

Intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of newly declassified documents, books and magazines found during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. They're calling it "Bin Laden's Bookshelf."

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5:13pm

Tue May 19, 2015
The Two-Way

FTC And States Sue Sham Cancer Charities

Four cancer "charities" and their operators have been charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The Federal Trade Commission, along with each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, says the charities claimed to be providing assistance to cancer patients, but the donations were in reality benefiting only "the perpetrators, their families and friends, and fundraisers."

Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli's report on the suit:

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12:35pm

Tue May 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 3:50 pm

The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations.
Andy Duback AP

There is a buzz in the air in Washington, and it's about honeybees. Concerned about an alarming decline in honeybee colonies, the Obama administration has released a National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

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2:01pm

Mon May 18, 2015
The Two-Way

President Gets His Own Twitter Account: 'It's Barack. Really'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:59 pm

President Barack Obama might have just gotten his own Twitter account, but he's been tweeting for years, such as during this "Twitter Town Hall" in 2011.
Charles Dharapak AP

"Hello Twitter! It's Barack. Really." And with that, President Obama became part of the Twitterverse. The White House announced Monday that @POTUS would be "the official Twitter account of the President of the United States."

According to a post on The White House Blog:

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5:28pm

Wed May 13, 2015
It's All Politics

Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

An Amtrak train leaves Chicago's Union Station on its way to Los Angeles.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Amtrak was formed in the 1970s out of the ashes of several bankrupt rail lines, including the Penn Central. Its has been criticized for poor service, and shaky finances, but its safety record has been good.

More than 31 million passengers rode Amtrak in fiscal year 2013, the last for which figures are available. In the Northeast Corridor, more than 2,000 trains operate daily on Amtrak's rails, between commuter lines and Amtrak trains. And far more passengers ride Amtrak between Washington, New York and Boston than fly.

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3:27pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 4:38 pm

Democrats in the Senate have blocked — for now — a vote on the fast-track trade authority that President Obama had sought and Republicans had supported.

The tally was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60-vote threshold needed to take up the bill.

It's a rebuke to Obama, who has made the trade bill a key part of his second-term agenda, from his fellow Democrats.

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11:48am

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Christians In U.S. On Decline As Number Of 'Nones' Grows, Survey Finds

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:14 pm

A cross stands above St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The U.S is home to the most Christians in the world, but the number of Americans who identify as Christian is declining, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey of more than 35,000 Americans also found the number of people who consider themselves unaffiliated with any religion, or "nones," is growing.

According to Pew:

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5:14pm

Mon May 11, 2015
News

It's Infrastructure Week: More Potholes Than Tax Dollars To Fill Them

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 5:49 pm

All roads lead to Congress as states and the construction industry vie for limited federal funds for infrastructure.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

This is National Infrastructure Week in Washington, D.C. That's when serious policy wonks, along with the construction, labor groups and other related industries, hold conferences, raise awareness and maybe most important, lobby Congress on behalf of road, bridge and other brick and mortar and concrete improvements.

There is added urgency to their efforts this year, as federal highway building money is set to run out, probably sometime this summer, and so is the government's authority to spend what little money it has left.

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1:20pm

Mon May 11, 2015
The Two-Way

EU Proposes A Plan To Address The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

The Italian coast guard pulls migrants from an inflatable dinghy off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea last month. European Union leaders have submitted a plan of action to save lives in the Mediterranean.
Alessandro Di Meo AP

The European Union has presented a proposal to the United Nations aiming to stem the flood of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. The plan includes seizing and destroying the boats that smugglers are using to transport the migrants across the Mediterranean Sea. The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, briefed the U.N. Security Council on the proposal Monday morning. "We need to count on your support to save lives," Mogherini told council members.

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1:21pm

Fri May 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Move Over Mount Rushmore, There's Another Club Of Presidents

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:27 pm

The statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
AP

President Obama is accomplishing something today that few of his predecessors can claim. He's going to South Dakota — and his visit will allow him to brag that he has now set foot in each of the 50 states. In fact, only three U.S. presidents can make that claim: Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

(George W. Bush went to 49, but never made it to Vermont.)

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1:14pm

Thu May 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:00 pm

A man carries a surfboard past a Whole Foods store in Santa Monica, Calif. Whole Foods Market Inc. reported underwhelming second-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Reed Saxon AP

Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store chain famous for its bright displays of produce and emphasis on organic foods, plans to launch a new chain of lower-priced stores aimed at millennial shoppers.

The yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection," the company says in a statement.

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5:38am

Thu May 7, 2015
It's All Politics

A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 10:03 am

Gene DeAnna is curator of the National Jukebox project, which is an online collection of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings.
Brian Naylor NPR

Gene DeAnna sits at a computer next to a vintage Victrola, appropriate for his job as curator of the National Jukebox project.

It's an online collection of some 10,000 pre-1925 recordings, made acoustically, without any electrical amplification. DeAnna points to a photo on the jukebox's Web page.

"You can see in this picture here that they gathered the orchestra around a great big recording horn and behind the curtain there is a cutter that is cutting the recording into a wax master," he said.

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5:03am

Sun May 3, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:56 pm

Carly Fiorina at a luncheon Tuesday with New Hampshire Republican lawmakers.
Jim Cole AP

This post was updated at 8:10 a.m. E.T. Monday

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3:54pm

Tue April 21, 2015
It's All Politics

Should The Government Get Out Of The Air Traffic Control Business?

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:25 pm

An air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Ted S. Warren AP

Keeping track of the traffic in the skies above us is a big job. The nation's air traffic control system has been reliable, but it's not very efficient. And efforts to replace it with newer technology have gotten bogged down by a combination of uncertain congressional funding and the slow-moving federal bureaucracy. Now, some in Congress want to get the government out of the air traffic control business.

The Federal Aviation Administration says some 7,000 aircraft are over the U.S. at any given time.

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4:34pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Oklahoma City Bombing A 'Wake-Up Call' For Government Security

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:22 pm

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was "literally right up against the road so it was extremely vulnerable," said architect Barbara Nadel. One of the government's first responses was to close a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Twenty years ago this Sunday, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. One hundred sixty-eight people were killed in the blast, hundreds were injured.

The bombing prompted heightened security at federal buildings — around the nation, and especially here in Washington.

One of the government's first responses to the bombing was closing a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

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