NPR: Korva Coleman

In her work as an NPR newscaster, Korva Coleman is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts for NPR's newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She is also a substitute host for Talk of the Nation, Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen.

Before joining NPR in March 1990, Coleman was a staff reporter and copy editor for the Washington Afro-American newspaper. She also produced and hosted First Edition, an overnight news program at NPR's member station WAMU-FM/Washington, DC.

Originally from Arizona, Coleman worked in commercial radio as news and public affairs directors at stations in Phoenix and Tucson. Her awards include Arizona Associated Press Awards for best radio newscast, editorial, and short feature. She was also nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1983.

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in 1989 and studied law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1989 to 1990.

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9:42am

Tue May 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Iceland's Volcano Grounds Hundreds Of Flights In Europe, Airlines Complain

The International Air Transport Association says British air traffic regulators are overreacting to the cloud of ash drifting from Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano over Scotland, Britain and now moving toward Scandinavia. Several airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights, such as British Airways, Air France and KLM, according to the Guardian.

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7:36am

Tue May 24, 2011
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Missouri Gov: Still Searching For Joplin Survivors, "House By House"

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly search and rescue crews are still trying to find survivors from the horrific storm that crashed into Joplin on Sunday night. Speaking on Morning Edition, Nixon said crews are clawing desperately through the rubble of houses, apartment buildings and businesses, trying to find anyone left alive. They've had major setbacks because severe storms keep pounding the area.

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10:17am

Mon May 23, 2011
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Tornado Damaged Joplin Gets New Storm Warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Jasper County, Mo, home to devastated Joplin, where at least 89 people perished in a late afternoon tornado yesterday. The Joplin Globe warns the storms could produce winds stronger than 60 miles per hour.

Reporter Dan Verbeck of member station KCUR has arrived in Joplin. He found much of the town unrecognizable:

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8:29am

Mon May 23, 2011
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Eyewitness: We Knew The Tornado Was Bad

Authorities in Joplin, Missouri say at least 89 people are dead after a huge tornado passed over the town at sunset, yesterday. the city manager delivered the shocking news outside a hospital abandoned because it was so badly wrecked.

Joplin Globe sports writer Ryan Atkinson estimates the twister's path begins at the destroyed hospital and stretches down through the center of town where a number of shoppers were out.

Ryan was at work last night at Globe headquarters when he and colleagues noticed the bad storm beginning.

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6:42am

Mon May 23, 2011
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Killer Tornado Kills 89 People In Missouri; European Union Sanctions Syria

At least 30 people are dead after a powerful tornado smashed through Joplin, Mississippi late Sunday afternoon, according to Reuters. The Joplin Globe reports coroners of two counties are setting up a temporary morgue on one street corner while officials fear the death toll could soar to 100 people.

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9:37am

Fri May 20, 2011
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Reports: Syria Again Attacks Its Civilians

Thousands of people have turned out in cities and town across Syria, again demanding increased freedom from the government of President Bashar al-Assad. AFP says Syrian security forces fired into a crowd in Homs, apparently killing at least five people.

Al Jazeera is liveblogging reports of violence in Damascus, Deraa, Sanamin, Baniyas and Midan.

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8:37am

Fri May 20, 2011
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Spain Bans Mass Protests Ahead Of Weekend Elections

Thousands of people have jammed dozens of Spanish cities, including Madrid, protesting the country's skyrocketing unemployment rate; it jumped to more than 21 percent at the beginning of the year, according to AFP. But Spanish law requires a 'day of reflection' before a vote, meaning no political demonstrations may be held. Election officials have ruled the massive demonstrations must end before Sunday's local and regional elections.

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7:17am

Fri May 20, 2011
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Flooding Crests In Vicksburg; U.S. Diplomats Attacked In Pakistan

A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 18, 2011.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The flooding Mississippi River has crested lower than expected in Vicksburg, Miss., but the Army Corps of Engineers warns it will be days before the surging waters recede, according to AP. Now the water is surging downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.

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9:51am

Thu May 19, 2011
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Another Loss Of Wisdom? Yemeni Leader Again Rejects Deal

A second agreement between Yemen's leaders to transfer government power has collapsed. The head of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, who was brokering an agreement that would ease President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power, left Yemen yesterday after the accord fell apart. Several reports inciated President Saleh and opposition groups would sign it.

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8:15am

Thu May 19, 2011
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New Flood Gates Open In Louisiana, River Cresting In Vicksburg, Mississippi

The U.S, Army Corps of Engineers has opened a 17th bay at the Morganza Spillway, just north Baton Rouge, Louisiana and an estimated 114,000 cubic feet of water per second is pouring through the structure. There are 125 bays on the Spillway, built in 1954 to divert Mississippi River flooding into the nearby Atchafalaya Basin and take the pressure off cities downstream, like New Orleans.

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7:07am

Thu May 19, 2011
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IMF Chief Resigns Ahead OF Bail Hearing; Syria Condemns U.S. Sanctions

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on May 16, 2011.
EMMANUEL DUNAND AFP/Getty Images

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is quitting as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. He'll briefly leave his jail cell today to again ask a judge to free him on $1 million dollars bail while he fights charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid. NPR's Joel Rose tells NPR's Newscasts a grand jury heard testimony yesterday from the woman about the alleged assault.

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12:32pm

Wed May 18, 2011
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Syrian President Says Security Forces Made Mistakes

Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, says Syrian security troops have made mistakes in the past several weeks as officers crush a civilian uprising, according to AP, which obtained the comments from the Syrian al-Watan newspaper.

The UN estimates at least 850 people have died in the bloody crackdown against those protesting the Assad government and thousands of others have been arrested, many without charge.

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10:28am

Wed May 18, 2011
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Yemen's President Will Reportedly Sign Plan To Transfer Power

Yemen's President, Ali Abdullah Saleh has apparently agreed with opposition leaders to leave power under a transition plan. Al-Arabiya reports the agreement, negotiated with the help of Western mediators and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (or GCC), is supposed to be signed today by Saleh and the opposition leaders, who say there are no more obstacles. But:

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9:23am

Wed May 18, 2011
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Philip Roth Wins Literary Prize; Judge Quits

American novelist Philip Roth is the winner of the 2011 Man Booker International Prize. The chairman of the judges, Rick Gekoski, says Roth's work "stimulated, provoked and amused an enormous, and still expanding, audience", according to Reuters. In a video statement, Roth thanks the judges, and hopes the prize will draw more readers to his work.

But one member of the three-judge panel wasn't happy with his win.

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7:29am

Wed May 18, 2011
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River Surges In Mississippi; Endeavour Arrives At Space Station

The surging Mississippi River is next expected to crest in Vicksburg, Mississippi tomorrow, according to CNN. It'll reach nearly one foot above previous records set in 1927. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns river water will remain very high for several more weeks. The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened river traffic near Natchez, Louisiana. It was closed yesterday to prevent barges from running into levees.

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12:33pm

Tue May 17, 2011
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Pakistan Claims Arrest Of Senior Al-Qaida Operative

Pakistan says its intelligence agency has arrested Muhammed Ali Qasim Yaqub, a senior al-Qaida official. The statement says he's from Yemen and has been working closely with al-Qaida militants along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His alias is reported to be Abu Sohaib al Makki and the BBC reports an individual with that name was once listed by a jihadist website as leader of a group of Arab Afghans in Afghanistan.

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10:53am

Tue May 17, 2011
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Housing Starts Plunge In April

There's no sugar-coating it: the Commerce Department says during April, builders got started on fewer homes in the U.S. Housing starts, as they're called, were down 10.6% from March's report, and they're 23.9% lower than what they were a year ago at the same time.

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10:36am

Tue May 17, 2011
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Comedian Jerry Lewis To Retire As Host Of Annual MDA Telethon

Jerry Lewis says he'll croon his song, "You'll Never Walk Alone" for the last time this year as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual telethon. He released a statement saying this Labor Day Weekend Telethon will be his last. Lewis will continue to serve as the organization's national chairman.

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9:33am

Tue May 17, 2011
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Libya's Oil Minister Reportedly Defects

Several reports say Shukri Ghanem, head of Libya's National Oil Ministry, has defected from Moammar Gadhafi's government and left his country for Tunisia. Bloomberg gets the tip from Libyan rebel leaders, while Reuters hears it from a Tunisian security source.

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8:35am

Tue May 17, 2011
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Rwandan General Sentenced To Prison For Role In 1994 Genocide

Former Rwandan army chief General Augustin Bizimungu in July, 1994.
VINCENT AMALVY AFP/Getty Images

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has convicted former Rwandan General Augustin Bizimungu on charges of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 30 years in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide that killed as many as 800,000 Rwandans, according to the BBC.

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7:11am

Tue May 17, 2011
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IMF Chief Held In New York Jail; More Louisiana Flooding

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund is staying in a jail cell in New York's Rikers Island compound. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid and according to USA Today, will stay there until his next court date Friday.

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9:41am

Mon May 16, 2011
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Vatican Letter Urges Clergy To Create Guidelines To Stop Sexual Abuse

The Vatican published a letter today telling every Catholic conference in the world to draft guidelines to prevent sexual abuse. The Catholic News Service says Catholic bishops should have "clear and coordinated procedures for protecting children, assisting victims of abuse, dealing with accused priests, training clergy and cooperating with civil authorities."

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8:46am

Mon May 16, 2011
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UN Prosecutor Calls For Gadhafi Arrest Warrant

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo after delivering a report to the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya May 4, 2011.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The head of the International Criminal Court wants Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters he would also seek arrest warrants for the leader's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and Abdullah al-Sanussi, the country's intelligence chief.

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8:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
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Central London Gets Bomb Threat

British police prepare to lift manhole covers in central London, on May 16, 2011 following a security alert.
LEON NEAL AFP/Getty Images

British police have received a warning of a possible bomb in central London from an Irish Republican dissident group, according to AP. There's no indication of when any possible device might explode, or where. In a statement, New Scotland Yard asked Londoners to go about their business while remaining vigilant, but added several police agencies were cooperating on the investigation.

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7:03am

Mon May 16, 2011
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IMF Chief Arrested On Sex Charge; Louisiana Flooding

IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is taken out of a New York police station on May 15, 2011.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the Chief of the International Monetary Fund, is jailed in New York City today on charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid over the weekend. Strauss-Kahn, of France, was removed from an Air France plane on Saturday afternoon just as it was preparing to leave Kennedy International Airport for Paris, according to the New York Times. He'll appear in court today.

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8:27am

Fri May 13, 2011
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It's Official: Ron Paul Is Running For President

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 10:52 am

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to a gathering of Tea Party supporters at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C., on May 5, 2011.
Richard Shiro AP

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) declared his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination today on ABC's Good Morning America, telling host George Stephanopoulos his views are increasingly popular.

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7:21am

Fri May 13, 2011
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U.S. May Flood One Area To Save Another; Revenge Bombing In Pakistan

Candidate John Waite
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The Washington Post puts it starkly: 'Flood the farms to save the cities'. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must decide the best way to release water from the surging Mississippi River, destroying some croplands to protect Louisiana's two biggest cities, including New Orleans. If there's no action:

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8:06am

Thu May 12, 2011
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Germany Convicts Former U.S. Autoworker Of Nazi Crimes

Defendant John Demjanjuk arrives at court for his trial on May 12, 2011 in Munich, Germany.
CHRISTOF STACHE AFP/Getty Images

A German court has convicted 91-year-old John Demjanjuk as an accessory to the murders of Jews at a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The trial has lasted for 18 months; the elderly Demjanjuk attended court in a wheelchair or in a hospital bed. The AP says he refused the court's offer to make a final statement.

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7:12am

Thu May 12, 2011
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Flooding Rolls South; House Panel Adopts Defense Bill

The flooding from the Mississippi River that's overlapped parts of Memphis is surging south toward three states. CNN says Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana are already inundated. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the latest state chief to warn residents to evacuate before matters become dangerous.

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9:01am

Wed May 11, 2011
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Tens Of Thousands Of Greek Workers Protest Austerity Measures

Workers massed in downtown Athens and other cities in Greece as outraged citizens expressed fury at their government's proposed spending cuts. The Wall Street Journal says dockworkers, health care staffers, transport officials and bank workers are off the job. Dozens of airline flights are cancelled. Workers are upset over the Greek government's new plan to increase taxes and cut spending, worth more than $41 billion.

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