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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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Slain Charleston Church Pastor Heard Calling At Early Age

The desk of S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney is draped in black cloth with a single rose and vase in an empty chamber prior to a Senate session, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:47 pm

Among the nine victims of Wednesday's shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. was its pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who was also a was also a Democratic state senator. He was 41.

According to the church's website, Pinckney "answered the call to preach at the age of 13 and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of 18."

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Sports
3:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Royals Fans Vote Early And Often For Their All-Star Favorites

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 6:05 am

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The Two-Way
7:33 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Data Hack Leads To Call For OPM Chief's Resignation

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies today at a House committee hearing about the cyberattack on OPM's personnel records.
Cliff Owen AP

At a contentious hearing in Congress today, members of a House committee grilled the director of the Office of Personnel Management over the hacking of agency computers, and later called for her resignation.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta came under attack from Republicans and Democrats for her agency's handling of the breach that hit the computers where the personal information of most federal employees is kept.

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Jeb Bush Makes It Official: He's Running

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush takes the stage to formally join the race for president Monday at Miami Dade College in Miami.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 3:34 pm

Jeb Bush formally declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday.

"Our country is on a very bad course. And the question is: What are we going to do about it? The question for me is: What am I going to do about it? And I have decided — I am a candidate for president of the United States," Bush said during a rally at Miami Dade College's Kendall campus.

With that announcement, the former Florida governor becomes the 11th major Republican candidate seeking the party's presidential nomination.

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The Two-Way
5:07 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:09 pm

The Internal Revenue Service, hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent tax returns filed each year, says it's partnering with several tax preparation and software firms in an effort to protect taxpayers.

The initiative, announced by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, will include steps the IRS believes will better authenticate the identity of taxpayers and the information included on tax return submissions.

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The Two-Way
5:05 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Union: All Data Of All Federal Employees Hacked

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:41 pm

The president of the largest federal employees union says all data for every current and retired federal employee and up to 1 million former employees were stolen by hackers. He says those data include names and Social Security numbers, military service and insurance and pension information.

The government has acknowledged that data of as many as 4 million current and former employees and retirees were stolen, but it hasn't detailed which employees were affected. Nor has it specified which data were stolen.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Wed June 10, 2015

After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits

The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, speaks at an event last year at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Wolf AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:30 am

The head of the world's largest library has reached the end of the story.

James Billington, who has been the librarian of Congress since the Reagan administration, says he is retiring. The Library of Congress says Billington, 86, will step down on Jan. 1, 2016.

In a statement, Billington says, "Leading this great institution ... for nearly three decades has been the honor and joy of my 42 years of public service in Washington." The statement adds:

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Amtrak Engineer Not On Cellphone Before Philadelphia Derailment, NTSB Says

Emergency personnel work at the scene the day after a deadly train derailment on May 12 in Philadelphia.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:43 am

The engineer at the controls of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last month was not using his cellphone during the time he was operating train No. 188.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released a long-awaited analysis of cellphone records to determine whether the engineer was distracted at the time of the May 12 accident. Eight people died and some 200 others were injured in the derailment.

The NTSB states:

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

NPR Red Cross Investigation Prompts Call For A Congressional Hearing

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:52 am

A Minnesota congressman is calling for a hearing into how the Red Cross spent millions of dollars donated for disaster relief in Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake there.

The subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation, the Red Cross raised nearly $500 million and promised to provide housing for more than 130,000 people, yet built just six homes.

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Watchdog Questions Whether TSA Can Do Its Job

Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth testifies Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he's concerned about security lapses by the TSA.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:31 pm

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security says his office is "deeply concerned" about the ability of the Transportation Security Administration to carry out its mission. John Roth told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that despite hundreds of recommendations on security procedures "some problems appear to persist."

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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

After Spending Millions On Communications, Homeland Security Fails Radio Test

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 3:47 pm

One of the difficulties that first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks faced was problematic communication, including radios that didn't allow different agencies to speak with one another.

It would seem like a simple problem to solve, and in the years since, the Department of Homeland Security has spent heavily, equipping agencies with new radios and special reserved frequencies for them to operate on.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law In Jerusalem Passport Dispute

Menachem Zivotofsky stands with his father, Ari Zivotofsky, outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 1:11 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a law that allowed Americans who were born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their passports.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court said that the law, passed by Congress in 2002, interferes with the president's constitutional right to recognize foreign nations. The U.S. State Department has a long-standing policy not to recognize any nation's authority over Jerusalem until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status.

The case is seen as an important separation-of-powers ruling.

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National Security
3:07 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

China Dismisses U.S. Allegations That It Was Behind Cyberattack

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 4:47 pm

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3:01 am
Fri June 5, 2015

OPM Hack Exposes Records Of 4 Million Federal Employees

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 2:30 pm

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National Security
4:45 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Chinese Hackers Breach Government Personnel Office Computers

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

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The Two-Way
3:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Warriors Run Away From Cavaliers In Overtime To Take Game 1 Of NBA Finals

Stephen Curry, left, and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors celebrate in the second quarter Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 10:25 pm

Update, 11:45 p.m. ET:

In what may herald an exciting series, Game 1 of the NBA Finals went into overtime Thursday night. But the Warriors ran away from the Cavaliers in the final five minutes, winning 108-100.

Cleveland's LeBron James nearly matched the output of Golden State's "Splash Brothers" all by himself, putting up 44 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson's 47 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. But it wasn't enough to take home-court advantage from the Warriors.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

In A First For Online Media, Gawker Writers Join Union

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:32 pm

For the first time, workers at a digital media company have voted to join a union. Editorial employees at Gawker Media are joining the Writers Guild of America, after a vote in which 80 employees or 75 percent voted in favor of forming a union, and 27 employees, or 25 percent opposed.

In a post on the Gawker website, the editorial employees say the next steps are "determining what we want to bargain for, forming a bargaining committee and negotiating a contract."

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Burst Oil Pipeline In California Severely Corroded, Investigators Say

Oil fouls the shore north of Goleta, Calif., following a pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:20 pm

The pipeline that ruptured and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the California coastline near Santa Barbara last month was badly corroded, according to federal investigators.

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

NFL To Stream Online-Only Game For The First Time This Fall

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:38 am

The NFL, long a mainstay of network TV, will be coming to more screens this fall. The league announced that it is partnering with Yahoo to live-stream the October 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

It's the first time the NFL will stream an Internet-only game (although fans in the two teams' markets will also be able to view the game on their usual TV stations.)

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Lincoln Chafee's Improbable Quest For The White House

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to be U.S. president during an address to the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at their campus in Arlington, Va., Wednesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 4:30 pm

Lincoln Chafee has been a Republican U.S. senator and an independent governor and now is taking a shot at the presidency, as a Democrat.

Chafee announced his bid in a speech in Arlington, Va., at George Mason University on Wednesday. In his speech, Chafee said, "I enjoy challenges, and certainly we have many facing America. Today I'm formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president."

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Senate Panel Says Obama Administration Lacks Watchdogs

Would a permanent inspector general at the U.S. State Department have flagged then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private account for her e-mails? That was one of the questions raised at a Senate panel hearing on the lack of permanent inspectors general in the Obama administration.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Was Recent IRS Data Breach Preventable?

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:33 pm

A government watchdog says the Internal Revenue Service ignored many of its recommendations to improve computer security. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate panel Tuesday that a data breach reported last month involving the accounts of 104,000 taxpayers is an example of "a perfectly good security mechanism ... being overtaken by events."

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

American Freelance Journalist Released By Rebels In Yemen

An American freelance journalist who had been held by Houthi rebels in Yemen has been freed. The U.S. State Department says Casey Coombs is now in Oman, where he is undergoing a medical evaluation. Coombs had been reporting for The Intercept website and was one of a number of Americans being held in Yemen.

The New York Times spoke with Coombs' mother, Jill Marie Hammill:

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

Samantha Elauf (right) stands with her mother, Majda, in February outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 2:53 pm

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Mon June 1, 2015

S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Battle For Republican Nomination

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to supporters after announcing his bid for presidential election in Central, S.C.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 3:18 pm

Three-term U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the latest entrant into the GOP presidential field, announcing his candidacy Monday in his hometown of Central, S.C.

"I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much. So get ready. I'm ready," he told supporters. "I want to be president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them."

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:37 am

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

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Technology
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 9:53 am

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:31 am

The Obama administration announced new clean water rules Wednesday that it says will protect sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans, rules welcomed by environmental groups, but bitterly opposed by congressional Republicans and farm state democrats.

The rules clarify which waterways fall under the Clean Water Act.

President Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said that in recent years:

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Wed May 27, 2015

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

A man walks along a section of the Blanco River on Tuesday where sweeping floodwaters overturned vehicles and knocked down trees in Wimberley, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:05 pm

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

Residents of southeastern Texas woke up Wednesday morning to another flash-flood warning, as a new round of thunderstorms rumbled across parts of the already flood-soaked state.

The National Weather Service forecasts more storms for Wednesday across the region, some of them possibly severe.

Near Dallas, the Padera Lake dam was breached for a time, forcing evacuations before officials drained the lake to reduce pressure on the earthen structure.

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