Wade Goodwyn

Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

Over the last 15 years, Goodwyn has reported on many of the nation's top stories. He's covered the implosion of Enron, the trials of Jeff Skilling and Kenneth Lay, and the prosecution of polygamist Warren Jeffs. Goodwyn's reporting has included the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Denver. He covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the school shootings in Paducah Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Among his most recent work has been the wrongful prosecution and conviction of black and Hispanic citizens in Texas and Louisiana. With American and Southwest Airlines headquartered in his backyard, coverage of the airline industry is also a constant for Goodwyn.

As Texas has moved to the vanguard in national Republican politics, Goodwyn has been at the front line as what happens politically in Texas, which is often a bellwether of the coming national political debate. He has covered the state's politicians dominating the national stage, including George W. Bush, Tom Delay and rising GOP star Texas Governor Rick Perry

Before coming to NPR, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.

Goodwyn graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history.

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Business
3:01 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:57 pm

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Law
2:36 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Puts Execution Of Mentally Ill Man On Hold

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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Around the Nation
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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The legal process is scheduled to end in Texas today for Scott Panetti. He's a convicted killer set for execution. He's drawn worldwide attention because he has a 36-year history of chronic schizophrenia. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.

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Around the Nation
3:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday.
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Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:39 pm

On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill. But he was deemed fit to stand trial, and he was allowed to defend himself, dressing in a cowboy costume in court, insisting he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

Over the course of the last two decades — and many appeals — his case has gained national attention, and it has shone a spotlight on capital punishment and mental illness.

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Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Politicans From Texas Agree: It's A Great State

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 9:58 am

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It's All Politics
9:32 am
Sat November 1, 2014

In Texas, A Down-Ballot Race With Big Consequences

Texas lieutenant governor hopefuls state Sen. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte shake hands following a September debate. While most eyes are on the governor's race, this contest could have even more political consequence.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:21 pm

Texas politics is about to take another big step to the right. While nobody outside Texas would describe Gov. Rick Perry or Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst as moderate Republicans, their likely replacements are considerably more conservative — especially in the powerful lieutenant governor's office.

The eyes watching Texas have mostly focused on the governor's race between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. But the contest between former conservative radio talk show host Dan Patrick and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte from San Antonio will very likely be of more political consequence.

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Around the Nation
4:35 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Was CDC Too Quick To Blame Dallas Nurses In Care Of Ebola Patient?

Dallas nurse Nina Pham speaks at a press conference after she was confirmed free of Ebola and released from a National Institutes of Health facility on Friday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Dallas nurse Nina Pham was discharged from a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland Friday, where doctors confirmed she was free of the Ebola virus.

Pham's colleague Amber Vinson is also said to be free of Ebola, though she remains in a hospital in Atlanta.

While their progress is being cheered, many nurses around the country still feel their profession unfairly received blame for the errors in treating Ebola in Dallas.

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Around the Nation
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:46 pm

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Dallas Hospital Chief Shares Lessons Learned In Battle With Ebola

Clinical Director of Texas Health Resources Dr. Daniel Varga at a press conference Wednesday in Dallas.
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Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:03 pm

Dr. Daniel Varga is chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, a network of 25 hospitals that includes Presbyterian in Dallas, which treated the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

I spoke with Varga today about the lessons the hospital learned in its battle with Ebola. Here are a few highlights:

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Health
3:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

In Dallas, Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

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

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U.S.
2:23 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

In U.S., Ebola Turns From A Public Health Issue To A Political One

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left) listens to Tom Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, explain the work researchers are conducting in a lab in the Galveston National Laboratory on Tuesday. Numerous Republicans, including Perry, have linked the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. to border control and other political issues.
Jennifer Reynolds AP

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:37 pm

The Ebola virus, which killed a patient at a Dallas hospital Wednesday, has become part of the conversation among politicians and pundits — in particular, conservative politicians and pundits. The virus has added heat to conversations about immigration and border control, as well as ongoing criticisms of the Obama administration and the government in general.

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Around the Nation
2:58 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

First Ebola Patient Diagnosed In U.S. Dies At Dallas Hospital

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 4:13 pm

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U.S.
10:22 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Man Diagnosed With Ebola In Texas Dies In Hospital

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Health
2:45 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Ebola Patients Remain Hospitalized In Texas, Nebraska

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:30 pm

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At the White House today, President Obama said his administration is taking aggressive action, in West Africa and in the U.S., to stop Ebola. And he said the federal government is working on additional steps to enhance passenger screening.

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Around the Nation
2:40 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Ebola Waiting Game Continues In Dallas

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

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Global Health
2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Dallas Ebola Patient Was Not Diagnosed On First Hospital Visit

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

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Commentary
6:35 am
Sat September 13, 2014

After Exoneration, Small Moments Take On New Meaning

James Lee Woodard was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 27 years in prison.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 10:47 am

This month brought two more exonerations based on new DNA evidence. Henry Lee McCollum was 19 years old and his half-brother, Leon Brown, was 15 when they were arrested. The two black, intellectually disabled half brothers were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Sabrina Buie and spent 30 years on death row.

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Shots - Health News
3:36 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

A Doctor Who Performed Abortions In South Texas Makes His Case

Though Reproductive Services of Harlingen has been shuttered for months, the surgery rooms seem frozen in time.
Maisie Crow

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:33 pm

In a Brownsville family clinic, a powerfully built, bald doctor treats a never-ending line of sick and injured patients. He has been practicing for nearly four decades, but family medicine is not his calling.

"For 35 years I had a clinic where I saw women and took care of their reproductive needs, but mostly terminating pregnancies," Dr. Lester Minto says.

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Politics
10:19 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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Men In America
2:45 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

No Boss But The Land And Cattle: A Rancher's Coming Of Age

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:28 pm

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Law
2:17 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling May Have Poked A Hole in The 'Corporate Veil'

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:47 am

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It's All Politics
3:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Border Action Spurs Rick Perry From Also-Ran To 2016 Contender

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local party activists on July 19, in Algona, Iowa. Though his 2012 presidential bid crashed, Perry is now drawing mention as a 2016 contender.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry got some good news last week. In a FOX News poll, Perry moved from an also-ran in the contest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to a tie for first place with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

This is undoubtedly a reaction to Perry's decision 10 days ago to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border in response to the deluge of Central American children that have been showing up there.

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Middle East
2:45 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:51 am

A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements.

U.S.
3:05 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

An American Radio Station That's Saying 'Jambo' To Kenyans

Njoki Wa Ndegwa, left, mixes with fans of Jambo Boston Radio in Alabama last March. Jambo has become such a vital part of the Kenyan-American community it's touring the country, throwing big parties for its listeners.
Courtesy Jambo Boston Network

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 6:40 pm

There are about 100,000 people born in Kenya who are now living in America. Over the last 50 years, there's been a growing number of Kenyans immigrating to America. In fact, the number is doubling.

They live in clusters in Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Dallas and in parts of the West Coast. They stay connected through a mix of old and new technology.

"We have truckers, we have taxi drivers, we have delivery van drivers and we spend our time learning by listening to what is currently happening," Davis Maina says.

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It's All Politics
4:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Showdown At The UT Corral

University of Texas, Austin President Bill Powers (center) speaks with the media following a December 2013 regents meeting in Austin.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:54 pm

Like any ugly, long-running confrontation between a husband and wife or next-door neighbors — or between anybody, really — it's hard to know exactly when the dispute between University of Texas President Bill Powers and Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry truly began.

But in the end, when the dust settled, one thing was clear: When powerful university presidents and powerful governors tangle, the politician usually ends up on top.

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Business
2:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

For A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Boon

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 4:19 pm

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To the politics of religion and the Supreme Court now, and last week's decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court cleared the way for closely held businesses, whose owners have religious objections to contraceptives, to cut coverage from their employee health plans. And since the court ruled, businesses have been doing just that. NPR's Wade Goodwyn spoke with a couple of company leaders about their decisions.

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It's All Politics
10:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Will Texas GOP Candidate's Actions On Chemicals Prove Toxic?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:24 pm

Texas Republican Greg Abbott, who's been cruising toward easy victory in the governor's race against Democrat Wendy Davis, is making some campaign news this week — and not the good kind.

His actions and comments have brought his relationship to the state's chemical industry under scrutiny.

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It's All Politics
3:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

What's The Matter With Wendy Davis?

Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, in March.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 4:39 pm

Texas Democrats are holding their convention this weekend in Dallas. Supporters are hoping it will give Wendy Davis a chance to reboot her campaign for governor and come out with some much-needed momentum.

A question posed in the San Antonio Express-News is typical of the kind of media she's been getting: "What's Wrong With Wendy?" With the Democratic candidate for governor running far behind her Republican challenger, Greg Abbott, it's not necessarily an unfair question.

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National Security
6:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

After Isolation, Bergdahl Likely Faces A Long Recovery

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:12 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. And I'm Scott Simon. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the United States. He's at the Brooke Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as new details of his imprisonment by the Taliban continue to emerge. Fox News is reporting that Sergeant Bergdahl spent the last two years in solitary confinement. From San Antonio, NPR's Wade Goodwin has more on this story.

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National Security
2:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

As Bergdahl Touches Down In Texas, Reintegration Begins

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:23 pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S. The former Taliban prisoner is now undergoing treatment at an Army hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

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