David Greene

David Greene is host of NPR's Morning Edition, with Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne.

For two years prior to taking on his current role in 2012, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. During that time he brought listeners stories as wide ranging as Chernobyl 25 years later and Beatles-singing Russian Babushkas. He spent a month in Libya reporting riveting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring.

Greene's voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House. To report on former President George W. Bush's second term, Greene spent hours in NPR's spacious booth in the basement of the West Wing (it's about the size of your average broom closet). He also spent time trekking across five continents, reporting on White House visits to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Uruguay – and, of course, Crawford, Texas.

During the days following Hurricane Katrina, Greene was aboard Air Force One when President Bush flew low over the Gulf Coast and caught his first glimpse of the storm's destruction. On the ground in New Orleans, Greene brought listeners a moving interview with the late Ethel Williams, a then-74-year-old flood victim who got an unexpected visit from the president.

Greene was an integral part of NPR's coverage of the historic 2008 election, covering Hillary Clinton's campaign from start to finish, and also focusing on how racial attitudes were playing into voters' decisions. The White House Correspondents Association took special note of Greene's report on a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama, addressing the nation's racial divide. Greene was given the association's 2008 Merriman Smith award for deadline coverage of the presidency.

After President Obama took office, Greene kept one eye trained on the White House and the other eye on the road. He spent three months driving across America – with a recorder, camera and lots of caffeine – to learn how the recession was touching Americans during President Obama's first 100 days in office. The series was called "100 Days: On the Road in Troubled Times."

Before joining NPR in 2005, Greene spent nearly seven years as a newspaper reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He covered the White House during the Bush administration's first term, and wrote about an array of other topics for the paper: Why Oklahomans love the sport of cockfighting, why two Amish men in Pennsylvania were caught trafficking methamphetamine and how one woman brought Christmas back to a small town in Maryland.

Before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in government, Greene worked as the senior editor on the Harvard Crimson. In 2004, he was named co-volunteer of the year for Coaching for College, a Washington, D.C., program offering tutoring to inner-city youth.

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World
4:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

With Shift From Ukraine To Russia, Crimea's Business And Pleasure Uprooted

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:23 am

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Parallels
4:29 am
Fri October 31, 2014

As Crimea's Borders Change, So Do Lives

Valentin Danilov, 83, is a former executive officer on a Soviet sub who proudly wears his old Soviet military uniform. Crimeans like Danilov have, without changing their residence, lived in three different countries in the past 25 years — the Soviet Union, then Ukraine and now Russia.
Max Avdeev for NPR

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:04 am

It's like a scene from an old Soviet movie playing out before our eyes in 2014.

Dozens of young Crimeans, with innocent faces and crisp blue uniforms, stand at attention and declare oaths of loyalty to Russia.

They are the first class of Crimean recruits training to be officers in Russia's Interior Ministry. Many will likely serve in the domestic security service, the modern-day KGB. Soviet music blares as the young trainees march beneath the looming statue of Lenin in the city square.

Nearby, the Russian flag flaps above a government building.

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World
4:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Crimean Tatar's History A Backdrop For Current Pressures

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We're turning again to Crimea this morning. And, David, you roamed around that peninsula that Russia took over this past spring and are bringing us, all this week, stories from there.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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World
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tatar Men Disappear In Crimea, And Families Fill With Dread

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:12 am

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World
4:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Crimean Tatars Pressured To Become Russian Citizens

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

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World
4:36 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Closed McDonald's In Moscow Taken As A Political Message

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:32 am

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Parallels
4:36 am
Mon October 27, 2014

In Crimea, Many Signs Of Russia, Few Of Resistance

Russia established the Crimean port of Sevastopol in the 18th century. After the Soviet breakup in 1991, Russia and Ukraine shared the naval base. But Russia has now taken the entire base, including Ukrainian ships.
Max Avdeev for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:08 am

Morning Edition host David Greene and producer Lauren Migaki traveled to Crimea to see what's changed since Russia sent troops in this spring and shortly afterward annexed the territory despite widespread international criticism. Their stories will be on air and online this week.

We're traveling through flat farmland on a two-lane road in the far north of Crimea, when suddenly it's interrupted by a checkpoint. Actually, Russia now considers it the border, a physical reminder of the new divide between Russia and Ukraine — and the West.

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape
3:27 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing

Tom Worden works on a fixed-abrasive grinding table at Exelis Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. Exelis is an aerospace and defense company, and employs numerous former Kodak workers in its facility.
Mike Bradley for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb.

Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage.

If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.

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Africa
11:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Liberia Blocks Off Neighborhood In Ebola Quarantine, Sparking Riot

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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Music Articles
2:04 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too

Billy Joe Shaver once told Waylon Jennings, "I just want you to at least listen to these songs. And if you don't, I'm gonna kick your ass right here in front of God and everybody."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:55 am

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Latin America
5:19 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Artists Try To Fuse Cultural Differences Between Miami And Cuba

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 3:30 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is the sound of Obsesion.

ALEXEI RODRIGUEZ: (Singing in foreign language).

MONTAGNE: Obsesion is a Cuban hip-hop duo. They invited our colleague, David Greene, for a visit when he was in Havana a few weeks ago.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Their names are Magia Lopez and Alexei Rodriguez. But they told us through our interpreter that they usually go by their nicknames.

RODRIGUEZ: (Foreign language spoken).

UNIDENTIFIED TRANSLATOR: Her name is Magia and he is el tipo este which means this dude.

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Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba
3:17 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears

A couple walks along the beach in the resort area of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is home to upscale hotels and resorts that cater to foreign tourists.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:30 pm

Every morning, Manuel Landin Rodriguez walks past the luxurious state-owned Xanadu Mansion hotel and crosses its neatly trimmed golf course all the way to its edge. He camps out on the cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters that make the resort town of Varadero on Cuba's northern coast so famous.

Landin, a retired physical education teacher, comes to the spot to fish. When we meet him on the cliffs, he's trying to catch mojarras -- small silver fish that hang out in the shallow waters to avoid sharks — which he will use to feed his family of five.

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Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba
3:29 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future

A fisherman walks the streets of Mariel, on Cuba's northwest coast. In the distance, construction is underway on the Port of Mariel, where the government is creating a special free-trade zone.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:20 am

When you arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, you're greeted with a barrage of billboards with the popular Cuban government slogan promoting tourism: "Cuba, where the past and the present converge."

Perhaps nowhere on the island is that statement more true than in the city of Mariel, about 30 miles from Havana on the northwestern coast.

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Parallels
3:40 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

Cuban entrepreneur Barbara Fernandez Franco oversees two employees in the small living room of her home in Havana, the Cuban capital. Her boyfriend, Michel Perez Casanova (right), works in the tourism industry but also helps with her business.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 12:57 pm

When Americans think of business in Cuba, they think of government-owned enterprise. And the vast majority of Cubans do work for the state.

But in recent years, private business owners known as cuentapropistas have flourished on the island.

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Middle East
7:23 am
Mon May 26, 2014

After Mubarak, Egypt Appears Ready To Elect Another Military Man

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.

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Law
1:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:04 pm

Transcript

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Asia
6:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Search Planes Fail To Locate Objects Spotted By Satellite

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:45 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Two large objects showed up satellite images bobbing in a remote part of the Indian Ocean.

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Digital Life
5:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Twitter Tool Lets Users Revist First Tweets

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:45 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

It is Twitter's 8th birthday. To celebrate, the site has put out a tool that lets you see any user's very first tweet. Some were naturals. Warren Buffett's first tweet, Warren is in the house, has been retweeted more than 40,000 times. Others might cringe at their first contribution. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, tweeted about his dance lessons: No pain, no gain. Awkward but fun this dancing, I still can't do macarena. That's what he wrote.

Asia
5:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Wait. How Much Is That Doggy?

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:37 am

A Chinese property developer has reportedly paid close to $2 million for a golden-haired Tibetan mastiff puppy. The lion-looking dogs have become a status symbol for China's very rich.

Around the Nation
5:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tattoo Of Handgun Triggers Call To Police

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:37 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Michael Smith, of Norridgewock, Maine, has a really convincing tattoo of a handgun on his lower stomach. This week, he woke up to a crew cutting trees outside. He marched out to tell them to stop with his shirt off. A bit later he woke up again, to a SWAT team with rifles trained. The tree cutters had mistaken his tattoo for a real gun tucked in his belt.

Smith told the police, quote, "I got plans today. I don't want to get shot." He was not charged.

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