Don Gonyea

Although Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., he spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate throughout the country. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Gonyea chronicled the controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battles in the courts. At the same time George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Gonyea started as NPR's White House Correspondent. He was at the White House on the morning of September 11, 2001, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.

As White House correspondent, Gonyea covered the Bush administration's prosecution of wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq and during the 2004 campaign he traveled with President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. In November 2006, Gonyea co-anchored NPR's coverage of historic elections when Democrats captured control of both houses of the US Congress. In 2008, Gonyea was the lead reporter covering the entire Obama presidential campaign for NPR, from the Iowa caucuses to victory night in Chicago. He was also there when candidate Obama visited the Middle East and Europe. He continued covering the White House and President Barack Obama until spring 2010, when he moved into his current position.

Gonyea has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Doha, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He attended President Bush's first ever meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Slovenia in 2001, and subsequent, at times testy meetings between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Bratislava. He also covered Mr.Obama's first trip overseas as president.

In 1986, Gonyea got his start at NPR reporting from Detroit on labor unions and the automobile industry. He spent countless hours on picket lines and in union halls covering strikes, including numerous lengthy work stoppages at GM in the late 1990s. Gonyea also reported on the development of alternative fuel and hybrid-powered automobiles, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted-suicide crusade, and the 1999 closing of Detroit's classic Tiger Stadium — the ballpark of his youth.

Over the years Gonyea has contributed to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He periodically teaches college journalism courses.

Gonyea has won numerous national and state awards for his reporting. He was part of the team that earned NPR a 2000 George Foster Peabody Award for the All Things Considered series "Lost & Found Sound."

A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is an honors graduate of Michigan State University.

In what may be the most unlikely meeting of the presidential transition process so far, former vice president, former Democratic presidential nominee, former senator and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore met with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday. Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Trump has regularly called climate change "a hoax" during the campaign. Initially, the session was not even expected to include the president...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Trump held a campaign-style rally in Cincinnati last night. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) DONALD TRUMP: Thank you. (CHEERING) TRUMP: Oh, you're going to be happy. We're all going to be happy. I'm here today for one main reason, to say thank you to Ohio. (CHEERING) INSKEEP: One of the states that gave Trump an Electoral-College victory last month. Trump spoke of putting American interests first...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Donald Trump is back on the road. After appearing in Indiana earlier today, the president-elect just finished a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. He billed it as a thank-you visit, but he also announced his choice for secretary of defense there. We'll have more in a moment on the nomination of retired General James Mattis. First Trump revved up the crowd with an appeal to patriotism. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)...

Updated at 3:18 p.m. ET with McConnell reaction With an early morning tweet, President-elect Donald Trump revived an issue that hasn't been front and center in American politics for more than a quarter-century. Flag burning. Here's what Trump posted at 6:55 a.m. ET: Trump may have been inspired by protests over the weekend at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., where school administrators took down all flags on campus after an American flag was burned by students. But there's a big catch to...

The lobby of Trump Tower in New York has become one of the most photographed places since the election. Over the past week, it has been bustling as President-elect Donald Trump met with several possible Cabinet picks and continued outreach to foreign leaders. People have come and gone — some of them business contacts, some of them potential Cabinet secretaries, many powerful. As they pass through the lobby, the press looks on from a kind of a velvet-roped area not too far from the elevators....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Organized labor is trying to recover after last week's election. Unions have been a driving force in Democratic politics for decades, especially in the industrial Midwest. And they had poured tons of money and manpower into stopping Donald Trump, a candidate who appealed to blue-collar workers by opposing trade deals and promising to bring back lost jobs. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea reports....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump's team has had a rocky start to its transition into the White House, but they're now making several moves to show that things are on track. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Today Trump met with several possible Cabinet picks, continued outreach to foreign leaders and began staffing up to ensure a smooth handoff with the Obama administration. NPR has also confirmed that he will meet with Mitt...

The Republican National Committee says its data-driven voter turnout operation — which used lessons learned by studying President Obama's winning campaigns of 2008 and 2012 — was a key to its success up and down the ballot last week. Donald Trump shocked the pollsters and pundits not just by winning but by taking a surprisingly large Electoral College victory. And just as important to the RNC is the fact that the GOP was able to stave off a takeover of the Senate by Democrats, in a year when...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump is coming into the White House as a self-proclaimed Washington outsider, and that is one reason many people voted for him. That is the story here in the United States right now. But just months ago, in June, the United Kingdom had its own shakeup, when British voters decided to leave the European Union. Earlier this month, we reached out to NPR's senior political correspondent, Don...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: It's Election Day. Millions of Americans have voted already, and millions more are at the polls today. KIM CLAY: Our right to vote is one of those rights that our ancestors died for. UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Benghazi, abortion, gay marriage - but he's not a politician either, and that probably swung me over. UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: I voted for Hillary Clinton, and I came in my pantsuit. And I love it (laughter)....

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Every reporter has their habits and rituals while on the campaign trail chasing candidates and stories. One of mine — and I've been doing it for years — is to build a short playlist of songs to listen to in my rental car that somehow relate to the place I'm in. I made one last year as I crisscrossed Iowa and earlier this year for New Hampshire's primary . Now that we're in the final weeks of this election, NPR's Weekend Edition asked what I'm listening to while on the road now. Call this my ...

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