Juana Summers

Juana Summers is a congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primaries and general election. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. She then traveled with Paul Ryan after he accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination. After the 2012 election, Summers began covering defense policy and veterans issues on Capitol Hill.

Summers has her reporting roots in Missouri. She has covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM.

Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Summers is a regular guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and a frequent guest on CNN's "Inside Politics", MSNBC's "Weekends With Alex Witt" and other cable news programs. She was a commentator for BET during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Summers served one term on the board of directors of the Online News Association, the largest non-profit organization of digital journalists. She is an alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the New York Times Journalism Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists Reporters Institute.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Summers is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She is also currently pursuing a master's degree in media management from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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4:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

House's Budget Bill Debate Unveiled Democratic Rifts, GOP Ambitions

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4:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

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3:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

House Passes Symbolic Vote Cancelling Obama's Immigration Action

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4:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

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3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'The Hunger Games' Meets Capitol Hill At The Freshman Office Lottery

Rep.-elect Bruce Poliquin (right) of Maine celebrates after aide Megan Hutson picked a choice number in the congressional office lottery.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:27 pm

This is Capitol Hill's version of the The Hunger Games.

The freshman office lottery is part spectacle, part luck and a ruthless, fast-moving process where incoming members try all sorts of tricks hoping to get exactly what they want.

The lottery determines whether rookie lawmakers get a working space with a nice view or one jammed on a high floor that's more like a glorified broom closet.

For a politician, it's one of the few times when measuring the drapes is OK.

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4:29 am
Wed November 19, 2014

House Leadership Ranks Remain Mostly Stagnant For Democrats

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4:18 am
Thu November 13, 2014

After 4 Years As House Speaker, Boehner Looks Stronger Than Ever

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3:23 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

With Keys To Capitol Hill, Boehner Plans To Move Quickly

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4:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kansas Republicans Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

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3:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Kansas No Longer A Reliably Red State

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