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Steve Inskeep, photographed for NPR, 13 May 2019, in Washington DC.
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Steve Inskeep, photographed for NPR, 13 May 2019, in Washington DC.
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Steve Inskeep

Host, Morning Edition and Up First

Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.

Known for interviews with presidents and Congressional leaders, Inskeep has a passion for stories of the less famous: Pennsylvania truck drivers, Kentucky coal miners, U.S.-Mexico border detainees, Yemeni refugees, California firefighters, American soldiers.

Since joining Morning Edition in 2004, Inskeep has hosted the program from New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, Cairo, and Beijing; investigated Iraqi police in Baghdad; and received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for "The Price of African Oil," on conflict in Nigeria. He has taken listeners on a 2,428-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border, and 2,700 miles across North Africa. He is a repeat visitor to Iran and has covered wars in Syria and Yemen.

Inskeep says Morning Edition works to "slow down the news," making sense of fast-moving events. A prime example came during the 2008 Presidential campaign, when Inskeep and NPR's Michele Norris conducted "The York Project," groundbreaking conversations about race, which received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence.

Inskeep was hired by NPR in 1996. His first full-time assignment was the 1996 presidential primary in New Hampshire. He went on to cover the Pentagon, the Senate, and the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he covered the war in Afghanistan, turmoil in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid gone wrong in Afghanistan. He has twice been part of NPR News teams awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for coverage of Iraq.

On days of bad news, Inskeep is inspired by the Langston Hughes book, Laughing to Keep From Crying. Of hosting Morning Edition during the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession, he told Nuvo magazine when "the whole world seemed to be falling apart, it was especially important for me ... to be amused, even if I had to be cynically amused, about the things that were going wrong. Laughter is a sign that you're not defeated."

Inskeep is the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, a 2011 book on one of the world's great megacities. He is also author of Jacksonland, a history of President Andrew Jackson's long-running conflict with John Ross, a Cherokee chief who resisted the removal of Indians from the eastern United States in the 1830s.

He has been a guest on numerous TV programs including ABC's This Week, NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN's Inside Politics and the PBS Newshour. He has written for publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.

A native of Carmel, Indiana, Inskeep is a graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky.

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Thursday

A business leader, who's a vocal supporter of Trump, explains what corporations want

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Whistleblower tells ProPublica about Microsoft's cybersecurity lapses

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Morning news brief

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More than 80% of people in Gaza have been displaced from their homes, Mercy Corps says

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Wednesday

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A filmmaker secretly records Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito

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8 months into the Israel-Hamas war, the U.S. still aims to end the fighting

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Analysis of what a hidden microphone may have revealed about the Supreme Court

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How to be a cricket fan when you're new to the sport

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Southern Baptist Convention set to vote on whether to ban female pastors

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Morning news brief

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Friday

Why the Sweden-based company IKEA has cut prices 3 times in a year

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Morning news brief

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Cricket World Cup: U.S. men's team pulls of a major upset by beating Pakistan

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Thursday

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones agrees to liquidate assets to pay Sandy Hook families

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Tuesday

Trump holds news conference following conviction on felony charges

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Monday

How Trump's guilty verdicts in N.Y. hush money case could alter other GOP candidates

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Morning news brief

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N.Y. Gov. Hochul takes up the cause of protecting children online

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Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial is over, but his legal odyssey is not

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Friday

The timing and circumstances of Trump's criminal trial have made it inherently political

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Former President Trump is now a felon. Will he get prison time?

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TRUMP CONVICTED

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Morning news brief

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After Trump's guilty verdict, the former president has a few options ahead of him

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