Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep is host of Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. He co-hosts with Renee Montagne.

Inskeep has traveled across the nation and around the world for Morning Edition and NPR News. From the Persian Gulf to the wreckage of New Orleans, he has interviewed presidents, warlords, authors, and musicians, as well as those who aren't in the headlines — from a steelworker in Ohio to a woman living in poverty in Tehran.

Inskeep's first full-time assignment for NPR 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 September 11 attacks, Inskeep covered the war in Afghanistan, the hunt for al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid that went wrong in Afghanistan. He has twice been part of the NPR News team that was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for its coverage of Iraq.

In 2004, Inskeep joined a team that reshaped Morning Edition. Today Morning Edition aggressively covers breaking news, and also, in Inskeep's words, "tries to slow down the news – make sense of information that flies by too quickly, and check glib statements against the facts."

He led Morning Edition teams that hosted the program from New Orleans, Detroit, Karachi, and Tehran; investigated Iraqi police in Baghdad; and received a 2006 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for "The Price of African Oil," a series on conflict in Nigeria.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Inskeep and NPR's Michele Norris co-hosted "The York Project," a groundbreaking series of conversations about race. Fifteen Pennsylvanians met to talk for hours about a subject that's constantly mentioned, yet not often frankly discussed. This series received a duPont silver baton for excellence.

Although his job often calls for him to deliver bad news, Inskeep looks for the humanity in hard times — and the humor. "I'm inspired," he says, "by the Langston Hughes book Laughing to Keep From Crying. And I'm inspired by people like the Bordelons, who've spoken with us ever since they rode out Hurricane Katrina. At the beginning, they sometimes laughed and cried in the same sentence. Laughter means you survived."

Before coming to NPR, Inskeep worked for public and commercial radio stations in and around New York City. He has written articles for publications including The New York Times and Washington Post. He is also the author of a forthcoming book on the world's growing urban areas, tentatively titled Instant City.

A native of Carmel, Indiana, Inskeep is a 1990 graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky.

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3:21am

Tue March 17, 2015
Parallels

A New Community Rises In The West Bank ... And It's Not Israeli

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:23 am

A Palestinian family leaves the visitors center at Rawabi.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

Palestinian investor Bashar Masri is building an entirely new city in the West Bank. It's a huge investment, with 5,000 new homes for tens of thousands of families. And, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it's also a political statement.

As we approached this new city of Rawabi, north of Ramallah, we saw a row of high-rise apartment buildings topped by construction cranes. Scaffolding surrounds the minaret of an incomplete mosque. Nobody has moved in yet.

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3:05am

Mon March 16, 2015
Parallels

A Rail Line That Crosses Jerusalem's Divide, But Can't Unite It

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 1:43 pm

Israel's light rail runs through Jewish areas in East Jerusalem, then into Palestinian neighborhoods and on to old Israeli communities in West Jerusalem. On occasion, it has been a target for violence.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

David Felber was out of breath when he met up with us at the Pigsat Ze'ev Light Rail station in East Jerusalem.

"We missed the 8 o'clock train," he panted. He didn't want to miss the 8:05.

The 53-year-old was on his way to work at the Ministry of Education in West Jerusalem.

We stepped on board to glimpse how the battle for land touches so much in this region, including Felber's commute.

Jerusalem's light rail system connects the two halves of a divided city. Israel captured East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War against Arab nations almost half a century ago.

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5:27am

Sat March 14, 2015
Parallels

Palestinians Ask: The Two-State Solution Or The Two-State Illusion?

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

Palestinians held rallies last November, like this one in the West Bank city of Nablus, to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat. Palestinians are increasingly frustrated with the two decades of on-and-off peace talks that have not led to an independent Palestinian state.
Jaafar Ashtiyeh AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians in the West Bank don't get to vote in Israel's election on Tuesday, but they do have opinions.

And at a time when talks toward creating a Palestinian state have stalled, there are Palestinians like Ahmad Aweidah who are seeking alternatives to the traditional call for a two-state solution.

Aweidah is among those busy building the outward signs of a Palestinian state. Such efforts were visible when we went to visit him in the city of Nablus. His office is upstairs from the National Bank of Palestine, so named even though there is no country by that name.

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5:19pm

Fri March 13, 2015
World

Israeli Politician Changed Her Mind On Palestinian Conflict

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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4:29am

Fri March 13, 2015
Parallels

2 Israeli Candidates Struggle With Nation's Uncertain Future

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 1:43 pm

Stav Shaffir, 29, left, is considered a rising star in the left-leaning Labor Party. Anat Roth, 40, is a candidate for the Jewish Home Party.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

While traveling in Israel this month, we asked several Israelis if they worried about the future of their country.

"Of course I'm concerned," answered Stav Shaffir.

"We're threatened from all over," said Anat Roth.

Both women are candidates for Israel's Knesset, or parliament, in Tuesday's election. They have a common concern about their country's future — its conflict with Palestinians, its relations with the rest of the world — that has driven them to vastly different political positions.

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3:40am

Wed March 11, 2015
Parallels

In The West Bank, Living Side By Side — But Agreeing On Nothing

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:06 pm

Murad al-Khuffash (right) and his twin brother, Hazem, are Palestinian farmers living in Marda. Khuffash remembers when settlers took charge of Ariel in the 1970s.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

No matter how much you've read about the struggle for land in the Middle East, it deepens your understanding to visit an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The Israeli settlements, founded in areas that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, raise some of the more contentious issues in the conflict.

Israel is under pressure to stop building them, and eventually to surrender many of them to make way for a future Palestinian state. The United Nations long ago said they are not legal, and critics of Israel cite them as a reason to boycott or divest from the Jewish state.

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3:34am

Fri February 20, 2015
Parallels

Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 9:43 am

Sara Noghani (left) and Pooya Shahsiah, in their shop, Tehran Collage. Many of their designs feature words from Persian poetry that speak of a new dawn.
Molly Messick NPR

When we walked into a shopping mall in Tehran, Pooya Shahsiah was waiting for us at the top of the escalator. She's the co-owner of a trendy little shop on the second floor that sells shirts, scarves, cups and jewelry. Cloth hangs along the walls in reds and yellows and blues.

There is, for example, a purple shirt with a colorful illustration of a rooster crowing. Parts of the rooster are made out of Persian words.

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3:25am

Thu February 19, 2015
Parallels

Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 9:33 am

Iranian Jewish men read from the Torah scroll during morning prayers at Youssef Abad Synagogue in Tehran in 2013.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Iran is a country where people at rallies routinely chant "Death to Israel." It's also home to the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel and Turkey.

Iran's Jewish population topped 100,000 in the years before the Shah of Iran was toppled in 1979 by the country's Shiite Muslim clerics. Today, the number of Jews has dipped to below 9,000.

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4:46pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Middle East

U.S., Iran Not Hopelessly Far Apart On Details Of A Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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5:07am

Wed February 11, 2015
Middle East

On Revolution Day, Iran's President Calls For A 'Win-Win' Nuke Deal

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:59 pm

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waves during a rally to mark the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution at Azadi Square in Tehran on Wednesday. President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech saying the world needs Iran to help stabilize the troubled Middle East, in remarks pointing to wider ramifications of a deal over its disputed nuclear program.
Ahmad Halabisaz Xinhua/Landov

Iran celebrated the 36th anniversary of Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with the traditional anti-American chants. But the country's top leaders have also raised the possibility of working out a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers.

The deal, though still uncertain at best, could transform Iran's place in the world after decades of confrontation with West.

The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has often expressed skepticism and defiance about a potential deal. But he sounded a more positive note in recent days.

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 3:41 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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4:02am

Thu January 1, 2015
Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:37 am

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference in 2013.
Charles Dharapak AP

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is spending the holidays thinking about his future. Rubio was a prominent member of the contentious Congress that just ended. Some analysts labeled it the "worst Congress ever."

Shortly, Republicans will take control of both chambers. The new Congress, Rubio hopes, will be seen as "one whose work is relevant to people's daily lives."

"And right now, across America, that is, people that are reading all this news about how great the economy is doing, but they're not feeling it," he tells NPR.

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5:03am

Wed December 31, 2014
Politics

Waiting For A Break: Obama On 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 10:22 am

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the world as a whole.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

5:13am

Tue December 30, 2014
Race

Here's Why Obama Said The U.S. Is 'Less Racially Divided'

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 6:05 pm

President Obama responds to a question from NPR's Steve Inskeep on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

5:06am

Mon December 29, 2014
Politics

Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 6:06 pm

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office, where they discussed recent moves on Cuba and immigration, and prospects for cooperation with a GOP-dominated Congress.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

4:19am

Mon December 15, 2014
Politics

'Warning Shot': Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:20 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (right), a member of the Senate banking committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House financial services committee, express their outrage to reporters that a $1.1 trillion spending bill that was passed in Congress contains changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that regulates complex financial instruments known as derivatives.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

Sen. Elizabeth Warren failed to stop a change in bank regulations last weekend, but she raised her profile yet again.

The Massachusetts Democrat tells NPR that her fight over a provision in a spending bill was a "warning shot." She intends to continue her fight against what she describes as the power of Wall Street, even though that fight brought her to oppose leaders of her own party.

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3:26am

Mon December 15, 2014
Around the Nation

When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:42 am

The number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply.
Stephanie Wunderlich Getty Images/Ikon Images

In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. According to recent U.S. census data, such families have increased by about a third over the past generation.

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5:15am

Thu December 11, 2014
National Security

Talking Point Or Proof Of Value: CIA Tactics And The 'Second Wave' Plot

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 2:15 pm

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5:29am

Wed November 19, 2014
It's All Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:09 am

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, says "the average person is working longer hours, lower wages, and they do not see any political party standing up and fighting for their rights."
Win McNamee Getty Images

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of two independents in the Senate. Now, the self-described socialist says he may run for president.

Sanders is aligned with Senate Democrats, but he has spoken lately of a problem with the Democratic coalition that elected President Obama. He says working-class white voters have abandoned Democrats in large numbers. The party, he says, has "not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests."

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3:32am

Tue November 11, 2014
U.S.

A Marine's Parents' Story: Their Memories That You Should Hear

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:47 am

Capt. Nathan McHone was killed in Afghanistan at age 29.
Courtesy of the McHone family

I never meant to play you this story. Let me tell you why I had to.

Every so often I record interviews as part of a school benefit. People ask me to question their parents, or grandparents, to preserve family history. The stories that emerge are a little like our series StoryCorps.

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3:28am

Tue November 4, 2014
Politics

The Republican Party's Remarkable Non-Transformation

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 12:35 pm

Colorado voters, clockwise from top left, Ili Bennett, Samy Wahabrebi, Vern Baumer, Lucy Montoya,Taylor Dybdahl and Antonio Covello.
Molly Messick NPR

Sometime after the polls close Tuesday night, we'll find out if Republicans managed a spectacular feat.

The party that lost the last two presidential elections is seeking a comeback, adding control of the Senate to control of the House. Republicans aim to dominate Congress with a fresh presidential election looming in 2016. It would be, in one of the hackneyed phrases of journalism, "a remarkable transformation."

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4:57am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:42 am

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11:47am

Tue August 26, 2014
Business

Burger King Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:22 pm

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11:53am

Mon August 25, 2014
U.S.

A Somber Show Of Support At Michael Brown's Funeral

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5:03am

Fri July 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 4:18 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske sits under an image of New York's Ground Zero in his office in Washington. For him, it serves as a daily reminder of the security threats that have shaped his agency.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.

R. Gil Kerlikowske made that statement during an exclusive interview with NPR's Morning Edition. It was his first extended conversation about controversial incidents in which the Border Patrol has killed civilians without apparent accountability. (Click here for a full transcript of the interview.)

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12:08pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Business

GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 1:00 pm

The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems.

3:25am

Fri March 28, 2014
Parallels

Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

Family members huddle at the fence to talk to loved ones living across the border.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.

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2:58am

Thu March 27, 2014
Parallels

Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Parts of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border might stop vehicles, but they don't keep out those making the journey on foot.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

It's hard enough to drive through the Arizona desert, where the sun is harsh and the distances immense. This is the story of people who walk it.

In particular, it's the story of Brenda, who asked us to use only her first name. She told us yet another of the unbelievable stories you hear in the Borderland.

We met her in Nogales, Sonora, on the northern border of Mexico opposite Arizona. She was living in a shelter for deported people, where she told us of her brief and difficult stay in the United States.

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3:39am

Wed March 26, 2014
Parallels

From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:12 am

Columbus, N.M., was raided by Pancho Villa in 1916 and by federal agents in 2011.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Columbus, N.M., is all about the border. It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico.

It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school.

All the different strands of Columbus came together when we spent the day with the new mayor of the village. Phillip Skinner, former real estate developer and maquiladora owner-turned politician and school bus driver, was inaugurated early this month, on the morning we rolled into town.

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6:04am

Mon March 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Troncoso Family Finds Success On U.S. Side Of Border With Mexico

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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About midway through our road trip along the U.S./Mexico border, my colleagues and I rode up a mountain. Okay. Should we hop in?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hop in.

INSKEEP: We boarded a tram car suspended by a cable.

KAINAZ AMARIA: Are we going that way?

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