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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2-Qh6mD95o The Republican presidential hopefuls debate in Las Vegas Tuesday night will be the first since the terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif. In recent weeks, ISIS and how to keep Americans safe have dominated the campaign and shot to the top of Americans' concerns. An NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll this week found that 40 percent rated national security and terrorism as what should be the government's top priority, double those who said...

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Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript DAVID GREENE, HOST: And NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea is in the studio with me, and he was just listening to Michael Signer there. And Don, what do you make of what you just heard? You cover a lot of Trump events. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: It's interesting where he talked about how flattery is an important tool. Donald Trump flatters his audience. He flatters his audience at every single event. Now when he's...

At a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday, Donald Trump said once again that on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks there were big, public celebrations by thousands of Muslims in New Jersey as they watched the twin towers collapse. The comments come despite denials by police and other New Jersey public officials — and the absence of news reports detailing such events of that day. Monday's rally drew 14,000 people. It was Trump's first campaign stop in the presidential battleground state, and...

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Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Bernie Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist. He's been using that label for decades. But Sanders is a contender in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. So today, he gave a big speech to explain what democratic socialism means to him. NPR's Tamara Keith reports. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: In a packed auditorium at Georgetown University, Bernie Sanders drew heavily on the examples...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The attacks in Paris have put national security at the center of the 2016 presidential race. There are several new ads on the topic from Ben Carson, John Kasich and Donald Trump. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) DONALD TRUMP: Yes, I will also quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS. We'll rebuild our military and make it so strong, no one - and I mean no one - will mess with us. CORNISH: And...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's listen to some objections to accepting Syrian refugees. President Obama's administration has accepted fewer than 2,000 into this country. He wants to let in more. And in the wake of the Paris bombings, that is triggering resistance from many governors. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea is in our studios. Don, good morning. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Good morning. INSKEEP: What are the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTGuP_hpvWo Every NPR reporter has their own way of preparing for a road trip. It's making sure your gear is all in good shape and fully functioning. It's having that extra supply of batteries. Or the proper jacket or shoes depending on local weather forecast. All practical measures to ensure the success of any assignment. But in the many years I've been a roving journalist, I've developed a few other rituals that are all my own. One involves music. Before every...

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Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: After a near revolt against the TV networks and debate moderators, Republican candidates are back on stage again, this time for the primary debates in Milwaukee. For the first time, fewer than 10 candidates will be on the main debate stage. The number of second-tier debaters is down to just four. NPR's Don Gonyea is in Milwaukee, Wis., covering it for us. And Don, the stage is going to have a little...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We are in a classic pattern of presidential campaigns. In a crowded field, a candidate rises in polling. And that prompts opponents as well as the media to take a sharper look at the candidate's record. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: This may be Senator Marco Rubio's campaign moment. He is not leading Republican surveys. The top spot still belongs to Ben Carson and Donald Trump. But he has emerged as one of the...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The election season has officially kicked off in New Hampshire with candidates filing today to get on the ballot for the first presidential primary in the country. Marco Rubio was there. He's looking to catapult his candidacy after a solid debate performance. NPR's Don Gonyea is there too. He saw Rubio today, and he saw Jeb Bush last night. And he's been talking to voters all along the way. He joins us...

It is hard to overstate the importance of New Hampshire for the presidential hopes of Jeb Bush. He entered the year as the clear frontrunner. Now, after months of unfocused answers in interviews, unimpressive performances in the three GOP debates, and a general lack of enthusiasm on the campaign trail, he's in the middle of the pack in polls and stunned to be looking up at the likes of Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And with the New Hampshire primary barely three months away, he arrives in the...

Ben Carson and Donald Trump have very different personalities — one is as low-key as the other is over-the-top bombastic. They currently lead the rest of the field in the GOP presidential race and, unlike many political newcomers, each is building an organized ground game in Iowa to make sure his supporters actually turn out for the Feb. 1 caucuses. At a recent Trump rally at a Sioux City high school, loudspeakers blasted an unofficial head-banging campaign anthem by Twisted Sister, to pump...

One candidate came out of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate with a lot of questions to answer — Jeb Bush. Supporters were disappointed by his performance and inability to stand out at a critical time for his campaign. As Bush struggles, his chances may come down to the early primary state of New Hampshire. Bush had a big moment preplanned in that Colorado debate. It was aimed at Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for missing so many votes in the Senate while campaigning. "Marco, when...

As Democrats gain from the nation's growing diversity — attracting solid majorities among Hispanic and African American voters — Republicans are gaining among white, working-class voters, a group that was once a Democratic stronghold. Nowhere is this clearer than in West Virginia, where the president touched down this week to talk about drug addiction . A few hours before Air Force One was due to land in Charleston, an anti-Obama rally took shape outside the state capitol building. A dozen...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Across the country, heroin addiction is increasing at a frightening rate. Overdose deaths have nearly tripled since 2012. Today, President Obama was in West Virginia to discuss heroin addiction and addiction to legal prescription drugs. Here's NPR's Don Gonyea. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Charleston, W.V., was selected for this event because its rate of fatal heroin overdoses doubles the worsening national...

These are critical days for the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor has been traversing Iowa this week, in effect reintroducing himself to voters, with the first-in-the-nation caucuses in that state now less than four months away. This is not where Bush and his advisers expected to be when he got into the race early this year. Back then he was quickly labeled the front-runner — the man to beat. No one calls Bush that anymore, with the topsy-turvy, crowded GOP field...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: When House Speaker John Boehner stepped out to address reporters about his surprise resignation today, he looked pretty upbeat. As Boehner spoke about his decision on Capitol Hill, conservative activists were gathering across town for the annual Values Voter Summit. And those conservatives who've battled with Boehner for the last four and a half years, well, they were pretty happy too. NPR's Don Gonyea...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: We are continuing to gather reaction this morning to the surprise announcement that House Speaker John Boehner will resign from Congress. The Republican speaker has battled with conservatives in his party for years. This morning, religious conservatives are holding a conference here in Washington, D.C. NPR's Don Gonyea joins us now from the Values Voter Summit. Hi, Don. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Hi there....

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: So a little history. And for events of today, we have Don Gonyea here live in the studio now. Good morning. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Good morning. MONTAGNE: And as we speak, another meeting between a president and a pope is underway at the White House. And true to form, present-day politics are front and center, even on the South Lawn during the welcoming ceremony for the pope. For one thing, the pope...

The meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama at the White House continues a tradition going back nearly a century between U.S. presidents and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. The talks are private, often personal and, always, they take place against the backdrop of the politics of the time. That was the case at the very first such meeting, at the Vatican, as Europe was recovering from World War I. Woodrow Wilson, the growing Catholic Democrats in the U.S. and the first awkward...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Pope Francis is now in the U.S. A cheering crowd welcomed him when he landed this afternoon at Joint Base Andrews. President Obama and Vice President Biden were there, along with both their families. And true to his humble persona, Pope Francis was driven away in a small car - a Fiat. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The pope has a pretty quiet evening ahead of him. But over the next few days, his schedule is pretty...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript DAVID GREENE, HOST: For months, one name at a time, the Republican presidential field grew. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Now it's shrinking. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was at one time considered a leading contender. Yesterday, he officially called it quits. GREENE: Walker was slumping badly in the polls. And like some other candidates, he was struggling to break through in a field dominated by Donald Trump. Here's NPR...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The still-huge GOP presidential field just got a little smaller. One of the candidates considered early on to be a top-tier contender is out - Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SCOTT WALKER: Today, I believe that I'm being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: It's round two of the second GOP debate at the 2016 campaign. Republican candidates for president are battling it out on stage tonight at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea has been following the action. He joins us now. Don, Donald Trump has been the center of gravity in the campaign, and the buildup to this debate was really...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: It's round two tonight for the sprawling Republican Prudential field. The top tier of candidates are gearing up for their prime time debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The candidates polling at the bottom of the field have been going at it in the undercard event. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea has been following the action, and he joins us now. Hiya, Don....

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