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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7:32am

Wed May 11, 2011
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More Memphis Flooding; Presbyterians Drop Gay Clergy Ban

Floodwaters from the oversized Mississippi River are surging south into the Mississippi delta after cresting this week in Memphis, Tenn. CBS reports hundreds of Mississippi homes are already damaged and crews are rushing to shore up earthen levees. The river is projected to crest in Vicksburg on Saturday.

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9:41am

Tue May 10, 2011
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Former Nepalese Foreign Minister, American Die Climbing Mt. Everest

Nepal's former Foreign Minister, Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay, fell ill and died while returning to Base Camp in Nepal. The Himalayan Times says Upadhyay was 82 and was trying to become the oldest person to summit the peak.

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8:26am

Tue May 10, 2011
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Iranian Nuclear Reactor Reportedly Starts Up

The Bushehr Nuclear Power station is running at a low level, according to the Iranian state Fars News agency. It's not yet generating power, but it's supposed to connect to Iran's national electricity grid within two months.

Iran developed the plant with Russia's help. Last year, NPR's Michele Kelemen reported the U.S. doesn't see the Bushehr plant as a risk. She cited remarks from then-State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley:

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7:14am

Tue May 10, 2011
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Memphis Flooding; Obama To Address Immigration

The Mississippi River is cresting in Memphis, Tenn at 48 feet, a near record. Memphis A.C. Wharton instructed authorities to go door-to-door to warn residents in danger to evacuate, according to Time Magazine. The AP's Jason Bronis floats with the emergency response teams.

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10:14am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Japanese Utility Closes Nuclear Plant To Build Better Tsunami Defense

Chubu Electric Power will suspend nuclear production at its Hamaoka plant south of Tokyo to build a seawall. Last Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked the utility to stop nuclear production there, because the plant lies atop a fault line and just off the Pacific Ocean.

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9:37am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Missed Mother's Day? It's Never Too Late To Text

Even though it's a day late, it's never too late to send your mom good Mother's Day wishes. You can still drop a text message, or just call. The Christian Science Monitor says around the world, Ghanaians living in the U.S. seem to make the most phone calls home on Mother's Day.

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8:27am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Meredith Vieira To Leave NBC's Today Show

Today co-host Meredith Vieira is stepping down from her position in June after five years on the job. NBC says news anchor Ann Curry will take over and co-host with Matt Lauer. There'll be other changes: third hour Today host Natalie Morales will shift to news anchor while White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie will succeed Morales, and take over hosting duties for the later show.

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7:04am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Near Record Flooding In Memphis; Gas Prices Rise To $4 Per Gallon

The Mississippi River is expected to crest in Memphis tomorrow at 48 feet, very close to its record. The Memphis Appeal says the river is three miles wide in the city where it's usually about half a mile. Reuters says hundreds of people in low-lying areas are being warned to evacuate while it's still dry.

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11:28am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Ivory Coast Elections Official Changes his Mind, Now Backs President-Elect

The head of Ivory Coast's Constitutional Court, Paul Yao Ndre, has reversed his earlier decision, and decided to endorse the campaign victory of Ivory Coast President-elect, Alassane Ouattara. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says Ndre's decision to back his ally, President Laurent Gbagbo, helped seal his country's bloody fate last December.

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10:25am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Syrians To Al-Assad: Leave

Both Al Jazeera and the Guardian are liveblogging Syria's Day of Defiance, as civilians gather in dozens of small towns and cities to demand the repressive government of Bashir al-Assad give up power. AJE says protesters in Tafas, a town south of Deraa held up placards near the main mosque with a single word: Leave.

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7:08am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Unemployment News Coming; River Flooding In Memphis

The Labor Department releases its snapshot on April's unemployment rate at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Wall Street Journal says thousands of new jobs were probably created last month but it's unclear if the U.S. labor market will improve.

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9:45am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Departing Flights Halted From Tel Aviv Airport; Contaminated Fuel Suspected

Officials at David Ben-Gurion International Airport have halted all outgoing flights, saying the jet fuel may be contaminated, according to Ha'aretz. Any flights needing to refuel before heading for their final destinations are being routed to Cyprus. There are no reports of injuries.

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8:30am

Thu May 5, 2011
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First Body Recovered From Air France Crash Debris On Seabed

Nearly two years after Air France Flight 447 mysteriously crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, crews are raising the first victim's body from the ocean floor. The debris is about two and a half miles below the water's surface and crews have located some wreckage, including the two critical flight data recorders that might indicate what caused the plane to go down in a violent thunderstorm.

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7:11am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Flood Risk Grows Along Mississippi; Last WW1 Vet Dies

Residents of eight states along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are nervously watching river levels - and the actions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As the AP notes, the Corps blasted two holes in a Missouri levee to drain backed up water, sparing the town of Cairo, Illinois. A third blast is planned. Water is surging downstream and more rain is on the way.

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10:25am

Wed May 4, 2011
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Hamas, Fatah Sign Palestinian Unity Accord

Rival Palestinian political factions have agreed to reconcile after four bitter years of infighting and turmoil. The Hamas and Fatah groups met in Cairo to formally approve the agreement that calls for unified Palestinian elections next year. Fatah has controlled the West Bank, while Hamas has ruled Gaza.

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8:37am

Wed May 4, 2011
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UCLA Geographers Tried To Calculate Bin Laden's Whereabouts In 2009

There's a fascinating story in Science Magazine about two UCLA geographers who tried to predict Osama bin Laden's location in 2009. Professors Thomas Gillespie and John Agnew, with the help of undergraduates, published a paper in February, 2009 saying they believed there was an 88.9% chance bin Laden was hiding in a city less than 200 miles from his last known location.

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7:10am

Wed May 4, 2011
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Obama To Visit Ground Zero; Flooding Fears On Mississippi River

President Obama will visit New York City tomorrow to honor those killed at Ground Zero on September 11, 2011, following the slaying of Osama bin Laden. Politico reports he invited former President George W. Bush and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani to join him. Mr. Bush has declined the invitation; Politico says there's no word on Mr.

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10:24am

Mon May 2, 2011
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Clinton To Bin Laden Sympathizers: You Cannot Defeat Us

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a blunt warning to followers of Osama bin Laden, especially Taliban members in Pakistan and Afghanistan: You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. You can make the choice to abandon al Qaida and participate in a peaceful, political process.

Clinton is the latest U.S. official to make a formal statement following the slaying of Osama bin Laden today in Pakistan. She began her remarks by remembering bin Laden's victims, nearly three thousand of whom died on September 11, 2001.

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6:51am

Mon May 2, 2011
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Other Headlines: Gadhafi's Son Reportedly Killed; Alabama A Major Disaster

Embassies of the U.S., Britain and Italy were attacked and burned this weekend after a NATO airstrike reportedly killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro says Britain responded to the embassy attacks by kicking out the Libyan ambassador.

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8:46am

Fri April 29, 2011
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Syria's Crackdown: "This Country Doesn't Run On Law"

Reports are emerging from Syria about security troops attacking thousands of anti-government protesters gathering to express anger on this 'Day of Rage'. The AP says Syrian security forces are shooting people in the coastal city of Latakia. The BBC notes Syrian civilians are furious over their treatment by police and are gathering after Friday prayers conclude today.

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7:58am

Fri April 29, 2011
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Marrakesh Bombing Toll Grows

Authorities in Morocco are starting to identify the people killed in yesterday's explosion in a Marrakesh cafe. Interpol says it's offered to help investigate the suspected suicide bombing at the Argana Cafe in the old city section of Marrakesh. CNN says the old city has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN.

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7:11am

Fri April 29, 2011
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Other News: Storm Death Toll Grows; Shuttle Closer To Launch

More than 300 people died in the severe storms that crashed through six states yesterday, according to AFP.

CNN says President Obama will visit Alabama later today to observe storm damage; the state has seen at least 204 people killed and the worst storm damage this week.

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10:39am

Thu April 28, 2011
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Latest Numbers On Tornado Deaths And Damage In Six States

At least 213 people are dead because of the violent storms pounding the South and pushing into the Mid-Atlantic. Here's what we know so far:

Alabama: Gov. Robert Bentley says 131 people died in his state because of the horrific storms and he expects the number of deaths to rise. One million people lack power.

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8:37am

Thu April 28, 2011
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Deadly Blast At Moroccan Cafe

An explosion in Morocco's southern city of Marrakesh has killed several people, according to Reuters. Morocco's official news agency says several people were killed and injured inside a cafe in the city but didn't offer a cause of the blast.

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7:08am

Thu April 28, 2011
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'We Are Wiped Out': Monster Storms Kill Scores In U.S.

It's dreadful news from Alabama, where 128 people have died. But the death toll is even worse: CNN says at least 159 people are dead from horrific storms and tornadoes pulverizing the region. As The Atlanta Journal Constitution says 11 people died in Georgia.

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11:05am

Wed April 27, 2011
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Powerful New Storms Trigger Damage, Help Set Possible Tornado Record?

The National Weather Service has issued a rare storm warning, saying the Midwest and South are at risk of deadly tornadoes today. The Birmingham News says the risk has already arrived in Alabama: forecasters clocked winds at 100 miles per hour in central Alabama and several people are trapped in debris.

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9:16am

Wed April 27, 2011
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Dalai Lama's Political Successor Elected

Lobsang Sangay will take command of the Tibetan government-in-exile; Tibetans around the world cast ballots for the new job of Prime Minister, created when the Dalai Lama decided to give up political responsibilities of his job earlier this year. He'll keep his duties as Tibetan spiritual leader.

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7:19am

Wed April 27, 2011
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NATO Troops Killed At Afghan Airport; More Midwest Storms

NATO says six coalition troops are dead in a 'shooting incident'. The Los Angeles Times says a veteran Afghan army pilot got into a disagreement with a foreign colleague and then opened fire. The victims haven't been identified.

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9:23am

Tue April 26, 2011
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Ford Has Best First Quarter In 13 Years

Ford's first quarter profit results are in - and CNN reports they're the best since 1998. The automaker earned $2.6 billion dollars from January through the end of March, a 22% increase.

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7:46am

Tue April 26, 2011
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The Corpse Plant Blooms And Reeks

Lucky visitors to the Hawaii's Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens got the heady, putrid scent of a blooming amorphophallus titanum plant - better known as the Corpse Plant. This weekend, the Honolulu Advertiser says people lined up before doors opened to catch a whiff of the plant during its rare blooming period.

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