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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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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U.S.
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

IRS Warns Tax Filing Deadlines And Refunds Could Be Delayed

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:24 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
10:35 am
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
2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 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
2:39 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 11:17 am

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Politics
2:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

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

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:03 am

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Reporter's Notebook
3:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Baseball, Vietnam And Coming Of Age At The 1969 World Series

A ticket for that fateful game.
Brian Naylor NPR

For me, 45 years ago today — Oct. 15, 1969 — was one of those rare days, a day you remember all your life. It was Game 4 of the World Series. Mets vs. Orioles. My Mets were up two games to one. And I was at Shea Stadium.

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Around the Nation
2:15 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Critics Say Railroads Should Do More To Prevent Pedestrian Deaths

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 2:58 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:03 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 7:58 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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Politics
3:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Ex-Agent Cites 'Progressive Down Slide' In Morale At Secret Service

A Secret Service agent stands watch near Air Force One in August.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 11:12 am

Low morale could be partly to blame for the recent spate of security lapses at the Secret Service.

The agency with the responsibility for protecting the president, vice president and their families rates in the bottom third in job satisfaction rankings within the federal government.

The root of that discontent could be bureaucratic. The Secret Service, which was created in 1865 to fight counterfeiters, traces its heritage back to the U.S. Treasury Department. It didn't get into the business of protecting presidents until 1901 after the assassination of President McKinley.

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U.S.
2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Resigns After Storm Of Criticism

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:14 pm

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Politics
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Director To Face Tough Question At House Hearing

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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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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U.S.
2:46 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

FBI Study Finds 'Active Shooter' Incidents To Be On The Rise

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 4:14 pm

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Around the Nation
2:25 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Questions Swirl Around How Vet Jumped White House Fence

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

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National Security
3:13 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 4:08 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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Politics
1:30 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Veterans' Care Emerges As A Key, Bipartisan Issue In Campaign Ads

Campaign ad still from Arkansas congressional candidate Jackie McPherson.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:37 am

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