Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He reports on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration, with a special emphasis on economic issues.

The 2012 campaign is the third presidential contest Horsley has covered for NPR. He previously reported on Senator John McCain's White House bid in 2008 and Senator John Kerry's campaign in 2004. Thanks to this experience, Horsley has become an expert in the motel shampoo offerings of various battleground states.

Horsley took up the White House beat after serving as a San Diego-based business correspondent for NPR where he covered fast food, gasoline prices, and the California electricity crunch of 2000. He reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley was a reporter for member station KPBS-FM, where he received numerous honors, including a Public Radio News Directors' award for coverage of the California energy crisis.

Earlier in his career, Horsley worked as a reporter for WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and as a news writer and reporter for commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. Horsley began his professional career as a production assistant for NPR's Morning Edition.

Horsley earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

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World
2:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written

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Politics
2:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:47 pm

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Politics
3:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

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

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Politics
2:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Immigration Awkwardness Could Cloud Obama's Meeting With Governors

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:01 pm

President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.

Editor's Note: A quote in the transcript for this story has been incorrectly attributed, and the quote has some extraneous words. Governor-elect Greg Abbott said the following: "That's not prosecutorial discretion. That is a rewriting of the law that Congress wrote."

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Politics
2:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Obama Talks Gas Tax And Visas With Business Leaders

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Global Health
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Ebola Knocked West African Countries Off Development Ladder

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:24 pm

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Global Health
3:31 am
Tue December 2, 2014

President Hopes To Draw Attention, And Funding, To Ebola Research

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama To Extend Temporary Deportation Relief

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 6:17 pm

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered

One-year-old Lavon Massey holds a sign as part of a protest outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New Orleans on Wednesday. Organizers were drawing attention to the possibility that many undocumented immigrants may not be shielded by the president's executive order.
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Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:52 pm

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President Obama is set to announce executive action tonight, granting temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what we know so far:

1. What kind of relief is the president offering?

Obama's move lifts the threat of deportation — at least temporarily. But it does not provide the full path to citizenship as envisioned under a comprehensive immigration bill.

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Politics
3:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama To Spell Out Immigration Plans In Prime-Time Address

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:12 am

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Politics
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obama Prepares To Test Presidential Power With Immigration

Activists rally for President Obama to use executive powers to act on immigration. Critics say the president would be going too far.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:43 am

The White House says President Obama will act "relatively soon," on immigration, granting temporary legal status to a large number of immigrants who are in this country illegally. Obama is acting after the Republican-controlled House refused to take up a bipartisan Senate bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

The decision to use executive powers to do what Congress would not has some critics complaining that Obama is going too far. Not so long ago, he was making that argument himself.

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Asia
2:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Obama Hopes Myanmar Visit Will Give Fledgling Democracy A Boost

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Environment
4:12 am
Wed November 12, 2014

China, U.S. Pledge To Limit Greenhouse Gases

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Asia
2:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

China Trip A Chance For Obama To Distance Himself From Midterm Losses

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

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Asia
3:01 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Obama Leaves Election Results Behind, Travels To Asia

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:34 am

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Politics
2:59 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Obama, McConnell Look For Common Ground

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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Never mind losing the whole of Congress, President Obama stepped before the cameras yesterday. He briskly defended his record, and he said he hopes to squeeze every last little bit of opportunity out of the final two years of his administration.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

What Will Congress Do With A Republican Majority?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Will Grumpy Americans Turn Out For The Midterms?

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

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It's All Politics
2:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
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Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:59 pm

It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Obama Tries To Rally Women Voters As Midterms Near

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:41 pm

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Stagnant Wages Could Drive Voters At The Polls Next Week

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:16 pm

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Politics
2:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Partisan Divide Over Voting Rights Has Intensified In Obama Era

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:01 am

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Health
3:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Ebola Seems To Stay Two Steps Ahead Of Government Response

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 4:54 pm

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Politics
3:01 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Fractures Within Alliance May Hamper U.S. Campaign Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:18 pm

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U.S.
3:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Secret Service Missteps Revive Questions About Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 4:28 pm

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Business
4:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Obama Proposal Could Extend Overtime Benefits To More Workers

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 7:58 am

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Politics
3:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage No Longer The Political Wedge It Once Was

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 5:13 am

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Politics
2:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Obama Plays Off Positive Jobs Report But Voters May Not Buy It

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 4:17 pm

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3:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Obama's Approval Rating Dragged Down By Economic Disconnect

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:36 am

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