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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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

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 7:36 am

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Asia
2:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

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

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Asia
3:01 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Obama Leaves Election Results Behind, Travels To Asia

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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 February 23, 2015 9:49 am

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

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Politics
2:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Partisan Divide Over Voting Rights Has Intensified In Obama Era

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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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Politics
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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U.S.
2:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

White House Tries To Keep Fence Jumpers At Bay With ... Another Fence

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

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Law
2:15 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Obama Administration Eager To Find Holder's Successor

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:51 pm

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World
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

At U.N., Obama Vows To Dismantle Islamic State

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

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Politics
4:13 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama's U.N. Speech Aims To Enlist Others In Fight Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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Some weeks ago, President Obama was criticized for saying we don't have a strategy yet for attacking ISIS in Syria.

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World
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At U.N., Attention Divided Between Airstrikes And Climate Chage

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:30 pm

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President Obama is in New York to address the UN on climate change today, but his decision to make good on threats to expand his air war against militants of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS into Syria dominated the day.

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Politics
1:26 am
Mon September 22, 2014

All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit

Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March on Sunday.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:21 pm

The forecast calls for picture-perfect weather Tuesday in New York City as world leaders gather to discuss the challenge of a changing climate.

More than 120 leaders, including President Obama, are expected to attend the one-day climate summit, sponsored by the United Nations. They've been instructed to arrive with "bold ideas" to slow the rise in global temperatures.

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Goats and Soda
12:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Obama To Announce Buildup In U.S. Efforts To Fight Ebola

Workers unload medical supplies to fight the Ebola epidemic from a USAID cargo flight in Harbel, Liberia, in August.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:43 am

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already the deadliest on record, having killed more than 2,400 people. Health experts warn it could get much worse, if the spread of the disease isn't contained quickly.

That alarm has President Obama meeting today with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama is expected to announce a major buildup in U.S. efforts to address the threat of Ebola.

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Politics
3:35 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Revamped Visitor Center Gives Public A Peek Into The White House

A model of the White House is seen in the renovated White House Visitor Center
Matt McClain The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:39 pm

Just about every day in Washington, rain or shine, tourists stand along Pennsylvania Avenue snapping photographs of the White House or just peering through the iron fence. But getting an inside look can be tricky. Visitors usually have to get tickets far in advance, either from a member of Congress or a foreign embassy.

Starting Saturday, there is another option.

A newly refurbished Visitor Center a few blocks away from the White House offers an up-close look at the executive mansion without having to run the gantlet of the Secret Service.

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Governing
2:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Do Americans Support President Obama's ISIS Plan?

Millions watched President Obama's prime-time address this week, like these patrons of a San Francisco nail salon. But whether Americans will support his plan remains unclear.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:45 pm

More than 34 million people tuned in this week to hear President Obama outline plans to degrade, and ultimately destroy, the militant group known as the Islamic State.

Polls show widespread support for using American air power against the militants, even though many people remain wary about getting dragged into another open-ended conflict in the Middle East.

The fight represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the president, whose handling of foreign policy has been widely criticized in the past year.

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Middle East
1:49 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 6:01 am

President Obama delivers a rare, primetime address Wednesday.

Taking over the TV networks during the crucial 9:00 p.m. ET programming slot is not something any White House does lightly.

This time, it's for Obama to spell out his plan to combat militants from the Islamic State, and spokesman Josh Earnest calls the timing a signal of the high national security priority at stake.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Wisconsin Voters Divided On Whether Job Growth Is Enough

Gov. Scott Walker answers questions while celebrating the growth of local software company Forte Research Systems. He announced the company is adding 55 jobs with the help of a state loan.
Scott Bauer AP

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 4:51 pm

In the hotly contested Wisconsin governor's race, incumbent Republican Scott Walker is touting an economic turnaround. But his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, argues that the state's recovery is falling flat.

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