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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6:27 am
Wed March 25, 2015

ACLU Sues To Gain Access To TSA's Behavioral Profiling Program

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:18 am

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 3:19 pm

A congressional panel on Tuesday released a video surveillance tape of an incident near the White House in which a government car driven by Secret Service agents appears to brush a barrier in an area where a suspicious package was being investigated.

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Politics
6:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Tuesday that it took five days before he was informed that a car carrying two agents struck a security barrier outside the White House.

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It's All Politics
6:01 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, shown in an undated photo, is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four Americans in 1980.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:48 pm

An appeals panel in Florida has upheld a deportation order against a former defense minister of El Salvador, who is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four American churchwomen in 1980. Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was allowed to retire in the U.S. in 1989. Now, a little known unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trying to expel him as well as others charged with human rights abuses.

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National Security
4:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

As Clinton Defends Email Policy, Department IG Finds Flaws

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) types on her cellphone with Roberta S. Jacobson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs (left), and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon in Brasilia, Brazil, before heading to Brussels in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 10:29 am

A day after Hillary Clinton's explanation of her use of a private email account while secretary of state, a State Department watchdog reported that only a fraction of the department's emails have been preserved. The Inspector General's report says that of the 1 billion emails sent by State Department employees in 2011, just over 61,000 were kept.

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:52 am

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Congress Tuesday his agency is implementing changes to ensure the nation's air traffic control system is protected against computer hackers. Huerta told a House panel "the system is safe," despite a Government Accountability Office report that found "significant security control weaknesses."

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Sen. Mikulski, Groundbreaker For Female Legislators, Won't Seek Re-Election

Mikulski (left) and her then-opponent Linda Chavez hold hands before the Maryland Senate candidates debate in 1986.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:00 pm

A surprise political announcement Monday — the longest-serving woman in Congress, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, said she will not seek re-election next year. Mikulski was first elected to the House in 1976, and 10 years later was elected to the Senate.

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It's All Politics
3:44 am
Thu February 26, 2015

On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's "net neutrality" plan.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:37 am

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday morning to put more stringent regulations on Internet providers.

Backers, including many tech firms and the Obama administration, say the net neutrality rules will ensure equal access to the net for content providers. But Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's plan.

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Business
6:25 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

FAA's Proposed Drone Rules Ground Many Commercial Aspirations

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:47 pm

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Business
5:12 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Victims Of Social Security Number Theft Find It's Hard To Bounce Back

Stolen Social Security numbers can be used to create bogus documents like these, but also over the phone to open bank accounts or make purchases.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 5:26 pm

Tens of millions of people may have had information stolen, including their names, Social Security numbers and birth dates, when health insurer Anthem's database was hacked.

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Politics
5:02 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Critics Worry Visa Waivers Could Allow Foreign Fighters To Slip In

A security officer checks a passport at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Paul Beaty AP

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 1:56 pm

Under the Visa Waiver Program, residents of Europe and other U.S. allies can enter the U.S. without a visa. In return, Americans don't need visas to travel to those countries. The program has been in effect since 1986, aimed at encouraging tourism and business travel.

But now it's being eyed as a possible security weakness. There are an estimated 3,000 fighters in Syria from Europe, many of whom received training from jihadi groups. And some members of Congress are worried those foreign fighters may try to slip into the U.S. and carry out attacks here.

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Politics
5:09 am
Tue January 20, 2015

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:18 pm

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday began accepting tax returns electronically, and paper returns will begin to be processed at the same time. In a statement, the IRS reminded taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.

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U.S.
4:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Net Neutrality Debate Forces FCC Chairman Into The Spotlight

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 5:54 pm

Editor's note: This piece incorrectly characterizes the position of Netflix and Amazon on the issue of net neutrality. Netflix and Amazon do not support paid prioritization and have previously registered their opposition with the FCC.

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National Security
5:19 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Review Panel: Secret Service Lacks Leadership

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:22 am

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5:16 am
Thu December 18, 2014

TSA Administrator Says Airport Screening Is More Efficient, Risk-Based

Travelers wait in a security line at Chicago's Midway International Airport in November.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 2:22 pm

As the holiday travel season picks up, the head of the government agency that screens airline passengers is winding down his duties. John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration at the end of December, after 4 1/2 years as administrator.

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Politics
10:37 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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Politics
6:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

After Obama's Action, Immigration Agency Awaits 'A Real Challenge'

A guide for applying to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that began in 2012. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will begin accepting applications for the expanded DACA program in 90 days.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the first stop for people applying for a green card, citizenship or refugee status. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will be on the front line of President Obama's executive action last week, which could give legal status to an estimated 4 million undocumented people.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Acting Director Of Secret Service Testifies On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:41 pm

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National Security
5:06 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Report Released On White House Fence Jumper

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 7:58 am

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U.S.
4:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

IRS Warns Tax Filing Deadlines And Refunds Could Be Delayed

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 6:24 pm

The Internal Revenue Service has warned of tax season chaos if Congress fails to pass a series of breaks by the end of November. The so-called tax extenders include everything from deductions for school teachers who buy classroom supplies to faster depreciation for business equipmentent.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Third-Party Candidate Could Help Determine Close N.C. Senate Race

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On this Election Day, the big question is whether Republicans will take over control of the Senate, a political shakeup with lots of ramifications for what gets done in Washington and how that affects the rest of us.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan Runs Stronger Than Expected

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

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BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: This is Brian Naylor in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I caught up with 18-year-old Krisha Capellan, who spent this splendid fall day out knocking on doors.

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It's All Politics
4:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Bear-Baiting And Big Races Drown Portland, Maine, In Campaign Ads

A ballot measure in Maine over bear-baiting has drawn ads from both sides of the debate, including this one from the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which opposes the measure.
Maine Wildlife Conservation Council YouTube

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

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Politics
4:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Blue State With Independent Twist: Maine's 3-Way Race For Governor

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:03 am

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Around the Nation
4:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Critics Say Railroads Should Do More To Prevent Pedestrian Deaths

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 4:58 pm

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All Tech Considered
6:11 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Apple Says iOS Encryption Protects Privacy; FBI Raises Crime Fears

FBI Director James Comey says new encryption features allow people "to place themselves beyond the law."
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are up in arms about new technology now available from Apple and soon to be released by Google.

The software encrypts the data on smartphones and other mobile devices so that not even the companies themselves will be able to access the information.

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National Security
5:04 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Another Secret Service Security Lapse Disclosed

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 8:01 am

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Politics
5:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Director To Face Tough Question At House Hearing

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:46 pm

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This is one of those questions that is perfect for a congressional hearing, though not so perfect for the witness. The question is how a man managed to get so far onto the White House grounds.

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4:27 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Questions Swirl Around How Vet Jumped White House Fence

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:40 pm

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National Security
5:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

American Joshua Fattal was released in 2011 from Iran after the Sultan of Oman paid more than $400,000 in ransom. He now says the U.S. should bail its citizens out abroad.
Mohammed Mahjoub AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

It was three years ago that Joshua Fattal tasted freedom again. Fattal was one of three Americans who were seized as they hiked in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He was held for 26 months by the Tehran government, charged with spying. His release came as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the United States.

"I was released while Ahmadinejad was visiting the U.N. for the U.N. General Assembly, and it was really just a publicity stunt and I could tell what they were doing was a response to pressure," says Fattal.

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