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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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In Afghanistan, why are some women permitted to work while others are not?

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A man works on the evening broadcast from TOLOnews, Afghanistan's first 24/7 new channel. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Inside a TV news station determined to report facts in the Taliban's Afghanistan

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Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says the Taliban have to correct their mistakes in the country, as does the United States. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

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Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, a Taliban leader, is Afghanistan's interim defense minister. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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We visited a Taliban leader's compound to examine his vision for Afghanistan

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Biden says the U.S. killed top al-Qaida leader and key Sept. 11 plotter

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What it was like in Kabul during the U.S. strike on al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

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Sri Lankan lawmakers chose 6-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as president

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News brief: Sri Lanka's new president, New Mexico wildfire, Netflix earnings

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News brief: Putin trip, Europe endures heat wave, Steve Dettelbach

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Texas legislative panel releases a scathing report on the Uvalde shooting

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Ukrainian officials fired after probe shows their workers collaborated with Russia

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News brief: Uvalde shooting report, Bannon trial, Ukrainian government firings

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The Fed's latest interest rate hike has some congressional lawmakers worried

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