David Greene

David Greene is NPR's Morning Programming Host/Correspondent. In this role he is the primary substitute host for Morning Edition as well as Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday. When he is not hosting he brings his deep reporting talents to these programs.

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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Analysis
5:11 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 6:44 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And we have Cokie Roberts on the line. She joins us most Mondays. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.

GREENE: So one of those last words in Emily piece, tightrope, I mean, that...

ROBERTS: Right.

GREENE: ...feels like that's where President Obama is on Syria. I mean, he was already in a difficult position, and now we have an American ally we believe bombing Damascus. What sort of position is the White House in?

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Politics
4:41 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Congress, Staffers Caught Up In Health Act's Sticky Political Situation

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:14 pm

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National Security
4:41 am
Thu May 2, 2013

3 Charged With Helping Boston Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:09 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

Let's hear more now about new developments in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Yesterday, authorities arrested three young men, all college friends of one of the bombing suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
5:34 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Surviving Bombing Suspect Could Face Death Penalty

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 6:50 am

Charges have been filed against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is accused of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction — in this case, the bomb used to kill three people and injure many more. New details about the government's evidence against Tsarnaev and his older brother are emerging.

Analysis
7:47 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Lawmakers Weigh In On Boston Bombing Case

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Members of Congress are already weighing in on how they think the Boston suspect should be questioned and tried. And some are also questioning whether the FBI is sufficiently vigilant against terrorists in the wake of last week.

Joining us as she does most Mondays is Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS: Hi, David.

GREENE: Well, there was quite a difference of opinion on the Sunday talk shows yesterday about whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be tried in a military court or a civilian one.

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Around the Nation
6:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Commuters Return To Boston's Roadways

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 10:18 am

Monday is the first major work day since police apprehended a man believed to be one of the marathon bombers. The other suspect was killed in a shootout with police on Friday. Much of the Boston-area was locked down on Friday.

Around the Nation
6:55 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Police Have Violent Confrontation With Bombing Suspects

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On an astonishing Friday at the end of an astonishing week it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. We are following events as they unfold this morning in Boston. In just one of several violent events overnight, law enforcement authorities confronted two men they believe to be responsible for the bombings of the Boston Marathon. It was a violent encounter.

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Around the Nation
6:55 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Authorities Conduct Manhunt For Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We are following the dramatic events out of Boston this morning. Police are on the hunt for a person they believe was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. And let's turn now to NPR's Jeff Brady, who is joining us from Watertown, Massachusetts. And, Jeff, remind us, that's a suburb right outside Boston where this police chase, overnight, ended and where residents are still staying inside because we don't know when or if this will be over.

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Research News
6:55 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Did You Notice This Seemed To Be A Crazy News Week?

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, this investigation and manhunt that Dina and Steve just spoke about, they come in the wake of that marathon bombing in Boston Monday. In Texas, we had this deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. That is a lot of tragic news to digest in a week. And there is a human tendency to think that these events are somehow connected, even when they're not.

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Europe
4:44 am
Wed April 17, 2013

A Preview Of Margaret Thatcher's Funeral

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 2:46 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We're going to go now to London, where earlier this morning the bells at St. Paul's Cathedral were ringing.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHURCH BELLS)

GREENE: Soon, 2300 guests including the queen will attend a funeral there for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Crowds are lining the streets of London, to watch as a horse drawn carriage takes the coffin to the cathedral.

And we have located NPR's Eleanor Beardsley who had ducked into a café, along on the parade route. And, Eleanor, what's the scene like there?

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Around the Nation
5:29 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Investigators Are Tight Lipped About Boston Probe

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:04 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

We are continuing to follow the investigation into the bombings yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed in the attack. We know now that over 150 were injured. Federal, state and local officials have been briefing reporters in Boston on the latest. And we're joined in the studio by NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. Hey, Dina.

DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: Hello.

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Around the Nation
5:29 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Boston Commuters Try To Get Back To Normal

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:04 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Analysis
4:42 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 1:28 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, back here in Washington, guns and immigration are both expected to top the agenda on Capitol Hill this week. And some people are sensing an outbreak of bipartisanship on both matters.

Joining us as she does most Mondays is Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.

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Race
4:42 am
Mon April 15, 2013

New NPR Team Covers Race, Ethnicity And Culture

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 1:28 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This week we're introducing a new team at NPR that will cover race, ethnicity and culture. We're here with Gene Demby, who's the team's lead blogger. Gene, thanks for coming in.

GENE DEMBY, BYLINE: Hey, David. Good to talk to you again.

GREENE: It's good to talk to you too. OK. So tell me about your blog, the name of it.

DEMBY: OK. Our blog and our team is called Code Switch.

GREENE: Code Switch. OK. You've got to explain this to us.

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Asia
5:49 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Kerry In Seoul To Talk To South Korean Leaders

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Seoul, South Korea, at a time of escalating tension on the Korean peninsula. There are expectations that North Korea might soon launch a medium-range missile.

Asia
5:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Amid Korean Tensions, Kerry To visit Seoul

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's get an update now on those tensions on the Korean peninsula. South Korea's foreign minister has warned that North Korea could launch a medium-range missile at, quote, "any time." Also, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the North Koreans are skating close to a dangerous line. Both the United States and South Korea have put their forces in South Korea on heightened alert, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due in Seoul tomorrow to assess the situation.

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Sports
5:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Tiger Woods Favored To Win Masters

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 10:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Well, the first round of golf's first major tournament of the year tees off today. And if people are not excited enough about the Masters, there is added drama this year. The most recognizable golfer on the planet, Tiger Woods, is a bonafide favorite to win his fifth green jacket. NPR's Tom Goldman has been wandering, strolling the grounds of golf's most storied course. He joins us now from Augusta, Georgia. And, Tom, how did you get this assignment?

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hard duty, David.

GREENE: Really.

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Asia
4:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

South Koreans Ignore Threats From The North

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Well, in recent weeks, we have heard that Seoul, the capital of South Korea, will become, quote, a sea of fire. North Korea has said its enemies' windpipes will be, quote, totally cut. Today, North Korea urged tourists and foreign companies to leave South Korea in case of war. These are just some of the threats North Korea has been hurling. But instead of scaring South Koreans, all this blood-thirsty rhetoric seems to be mostly boring them.

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Religious Tensions Escalate In Egypt Amid Violence

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Steve Inskeep is reporting from Venezuela this week as that nation holds a presidential election. I'm David Greene in Washington. Over the weekend, Egypt suffered the worse religious violence it has seen since President Mohamed Morsi came to power last year. At least six people were killed, including five Coptic Christians. More than 80 others were wounded.

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

President Obama sends a budget to Capitol Hill this week. After years of criticism from Republicans that he's never sent a detailed blueprint, the president's team says this one will be just that. And the details are raising the ire of many Democrats.

Joining us, as she does most Mondays, is Cokie Roberts. Good morning, Cokie.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.

GREENE: Well, so what do we know so far about this budget plan?

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