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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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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Politics
5:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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Politics
10:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:46 pm

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And this morning, House Speaker John Boehner has weighed in. He delivered a statement reacting to President Obama's plans to overhaul the country's immigration system. Here's some of what he had to say.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama To Extend Temporary Deportation Relief

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:17 pm

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The Two-Way
5:14 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.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 4:52 pm

This post was updated on Dec. 1, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.

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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Asia
4:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Obama Hopes Myanmar Visit Will Give Fledgling Democracy A Boost

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Asia
4:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 7:08 pm

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It's All Politics
4:31 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.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 7:59 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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Health
5:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Ebola Seems To Stay Two Steps Ahead Of Government Response

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 6:54 pm

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Politics
5:01 am
Wed October 15, 2014

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

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:18 pm

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Business
6:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Obama Proposal Could Extend Overtime Benefits To More Workers

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

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Politics
3:26 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 3:21 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
2:00 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 9:43 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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Governing
6:45 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

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
3:49 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 8:01 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
4:54 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 6:51 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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Politics
5:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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NPR Story
5:15 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month

President Obama plays golf on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts on Thursday.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 7:18 pm

President Obama returns to Washington this weekend after a two-week family vacation.

It wasn't exactly restful. The break was interrupted several times by events in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.

On Wednesday, Obama raised eyebrows by hitting the golf course, minutes after delivering a tough statement on the murder of an American journalist by militants from the Islamic State.

You know it's bad is when even the French are criticizing you for taking too much time off.

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Politics
3:36 am
Wed August 20, 2014

With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

President Obama meets with Attorney General Eric Holder in the Oval Office of the White House on Monday. Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Mo., where a federal investigation is under way in the police shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was unarmed.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

The tense situation in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is another test for President Obama. He has struggled at times over how to navigate long-simmering tensions between police and the African-American community.

Obama says he understands the passions and the anger that have engulfed Ferguson over the past week and a half, but he has carefully avoided taking sides. His warnings against violent confrontation have been directed equally at the protesters and the police.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:18 pm

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