Scott Horsley

Scott Horsley is a White House correspondent for NPR News. He was a fixture on the campaign trail throughout 2008, traveling extensively with Senator John McCain to cover the Arizona senator's bid for the presidency.

Horsley comes to the White House beat from the west coast, where he covered the economy and energy as NPR's San Diego-based business correspondent. He also helped cover the 2004 presidential campaign, and reported from the Pentagon during the early phases of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before joining NPR in 2001, Horsley was a reporter for member station KPBS-FM, where he received numerous honors, including a Public Radio News Directors' award for coverage of the California energy crisis. He also worked as a reporter for WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and as a news writer and reporter for commercial radio stations in Boston and Concord, New Hampshire. He began his professional career in 1987 as a production assistant for NPR in Washington.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Horsley received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and an MBA from San Diego State University.



Thu May 19, 2011
Middle East

Obama To Address Arab Uprisings

President Obama plans to outline steps to boost the economies of Egypt and Tunisia, when he delivers a major policy address on the Middle East today. The White House says economic improvements would help to reinforce the positive political changes sweeping the region.


Thu May 12, 2011

Obama, Senate GOP Discuss Debt Ceiling

President Obama met Thursday with Senate Republicans to discuss the nation's debt ceiling and long-term efforts to control the deficit. Meanwhile, a group of Main Street businesses are urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling without delay.


Wed May 11, 2011

Debt Ceiling Hangs Over Deficit Reduction Talks

President Obama meets with Senate Democrats Wednesday to discuss how to address the country's long-term deficits. Obama follows up Thursday by meeting with Senate Republicans.

The White House meetings come just days before the federal government is expected to start bumping up against its debt ceiling. But so far, at least, financial markets don't seem overly worried.

Top lawmakers from both parties agree that sooner or later they'll have to vote to raise the debt limit. But the vote may come at a price.

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Thu May 5, 2011
The Spark

Santorum: A Talent For Politics, Honed In College

There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. As part of a series, NPR is profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.

In the fall of 1976 — the bicentennial — Rick Santorum was a freshman at Penn State University. He didn't know what he wanted to major in, so he signed up for Political Science 1. The course was called "Introduction to American Politics," and that's just what it was for the young Santorum.

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Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

President Obama Announces Bin Laden Is Dead

President Obama announced at the White House Sunday night that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in a U.S.-led operation. The announcement comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.


Thu April 28, 2011

White House Pushes Forward With Trade Deals

President Obama and Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli discussed a new trade agreement Thursday that the White House hopes will win quick congressional approval.

The deal is one of three the Obama administration has been working on as part of the president's push to double U.S. exports.

The White House inherited the three trade agreements — including deals with South Korea and Colombia — from the Bush administration. And at first, President Obama had reservations about all of them.

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Sat April 23, 2011

Gas Prices Pinch, And Obama Feels The Pain

Gas prices were on the program for President Obama this week. He visited Virginia, Nevada and California, highlighting the cost of gasoline among other hardships the American people are dealing with. The president offered little in the way of short-term relief, though.

It didn't take any prompting from the audience to get Obama started on the subject of gas prices. He brought it up himself, again and again — as if to say no matter how far removed Washington may seem, he understands the challenges American drivers face.

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Wed April 13, 2011

How Does The 2012 House Republican Budget Measure Up?

House Republicans introduced a budget last week to deal with the country's long-term debt. That GOP plan calls for big tax cuts and a major overhaul of Medicare for future retirees. NPR's Scott Horsley reports on what the government's own workforce shows about how the Republican plan might work.


Thu March 24, 2011

Obama Faces Criticism Of Libyan Mission

There's a tradition in which politicians try to hold back criticism of the president while he's on foreign soil. President Obama had not even stepped off Air Force One Wednesday when Speaker John Boehner released a letter listing pointed questions on the administration's plan for Libya.