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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It's All Politics
1:54 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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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It's All Politics
2:09 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

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

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.
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Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:22 am

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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Politics
2:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

In YouTube Video, Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement From Senate

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 11:00 am

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National Security
2:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Co-Pilot's Actions In French Alps Crash Raise Questions About Cockpit Doors

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 pm

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Tue March 24, 2015

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:19 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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It's All Politics
2:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?

"There hasn't been a change of the portraits since 1929 ... it's time to bring our money into the 21st century," says Susan Ades Stone, spokeswoman for Women on 20s.
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Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:58 pm

The college basketball playoffs have turned March into a month when many of us become bracket watchers. There is another playoff taking place that you may not have heard of — an online campaign to choose a woman to put on the $20 bill.

If you look into your wallet, whether you're feeling flush, or not, there's one thing the bills you do find all have in common ... the faces of dead white men. Most are presidents: Washington, Lincoln and Jackson. A few, Hamilton and Franklin among them, famous for other reasons. But not one of the faces is female.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 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
3:08 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 3:48 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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Politics
2:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Secret Service Scandals Continue After Agents Crash Car Into White House Barricade

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 4:43 pm

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National Security
2:36 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 8:29 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
2:51 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 5:52 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
2:23 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 2:00 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
1:44 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 7:37 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
3:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

FAA's Proposed Drone Rules Ground Many Commercial Aspirations

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:47 pm

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It's All Politics
10:12 am
Fri February 13, 2015

God, Grits And American Dreams: It's Presidential Candidate Book Season

Marco Rubio's second book is titled American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 6:09 am

It's that time again. Every four years, politicians fan out to Iowa and New Hampshire and other early primary states in search of ... book sales. It seems like you can't hardly run for president anymore without publishing a book to go along with your campaign. Sen. Marco Rubio was in Iowa Friday to hawk copies of his new work. Other potential GOP candidates also have new tomes out.

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Business
3:12 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 3:26 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
3:02 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 11:56 am

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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All Tech Considered
3:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

Leah Bannon (sitting) works on her laptop at 18F, a GSA project that aims to make government websites more user friendly and change the way government buys IT systems.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:25 am

When you think of the federal government and computers, these days, the image that likely comes to mind is the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

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Politics
3:09 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 5:18 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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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

House Votes To Block Obama's Immigration Actions

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 4:33 pm

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Politics
3:03 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Homeland Security Budget Caught Up In Immigration Politics

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 5:48 am

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Law
2:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program guarantees insurance payments in case of a terrorist attack at places like shopping malls, big-city high rises, and events like the Super Bowl.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:15 am

A program that grew out of the Sept. 11 attacks became the very first bill to pass in the new Congress. It cleared the Senate overwhelmingly Thursday, a day after passing in the House.

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program — known as TRIA — guarantees insurance payments in the event of a terrorist attack, and it actually lapsed at the end of December.

Shopping malls, big-city high rises and sports stadium events like the Super Bowl all count on this program — but critics call it a form of corporate welfare.

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U.S.
2:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Net Neutrality Debate Forces FCC Chairman Into The Spotlight

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 3:54 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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Around the Nation
3:16 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 12:22 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
8:37 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 12:21 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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Governing
2:08 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

Amazon is developing an unmaned aircraft project that it hopes will deliver purchases in 30 minutes or less. The FAA has been struggling to write regulations for such aircraft, but is expected to release rules this month.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:27 am

Drones, drones, drones.

Everybody wants one. Amazon, to deliver packages, Hollywood to shoot movie scenes, agriculture interests to monitor crops.

And everyone is waiting for the FAA to issue regulations as to how commercial drones might be allowed to operate in the U.S. Those regulations are supposed to come out by the end of the month.

The FAA has been struggling to write the rules for unmanned aircraft for several years. In 2012, Congress told the agency to get on with it and set a deadline for final regulations by September 2015.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Republicans Rally To Counter Obama's Immigration Action

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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Politics
4:09 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 8:15 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
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Acting Director Of Secret Service Testifies On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:41 pm

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National Security
3:06 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Report Released On White House Fence Jumper

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:58 am

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