Wade Goodwyn

Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

Over the last 15 years, Goodwyn has reported on many of the nation's top stories. He's covered the implosion of Enron, the trials of Jeff Skilling and Kenneth Lay, and the prosecution of polygamist Warren Jeffs. Goodwyn's reporting has included the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Denver. He covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the school shootings in Paducah Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Among his most recent work has been the wrongful prosecution and conviction of black and Hispanic citizens in Texas and Louisiana. With American and Southwest Airlines headquartered in his backyard, coverage of the airline industry is also a constant for Goodwyn.

As Texas has moved to the vanguard in national Republican politics, Goodwyn has been at the front line as what happens politically in Texas, which is often a bellwether of the coming national political debate. He has covered the state's politicians dominating the national stage, including George W. Bush, Tom Delay and rising GOP star Texas Governor Rick Perry

Before coming to NPR, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.

Goodwyn graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history.

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Race
6:40 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Charleston's Black Leaders Want Justice As Much As Forgiveness

Members of the clergy wait to enter the funeral service of Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 11:07 am

The day after Dylann Roof allegedly murdered nine African-Americans during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, family members of the victims confronted Roof in a bond hearing.

"I will never talk with her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you," says the daughter of 70-year-old victim Ethel Lance.

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Around the Nation
5:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

President Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:20 pm

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

First Funerals Held For Charleston, S.C., Church Shooting Victims

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:17 pm

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Around the Nation
6:33 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Texas Abortion Curbs Go Into Effect Soon, Unless Supreme Court Acts

On July 9, 2013, opponents and supporters of a bill to put restrictions on abortion hold signs near a news conference outside the Texas Capitol in Austin. The bill was passed, but has been battled in the courts for two years; now, the law is set to go into effect July 1.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:01 pm

At the hands of the Texas Legislature, the last four years have been long for supporters of abortion rights.

The next blow lands on July 1, when a new law will go into effect in Texas and drastically reduce access to abortion services — likely leaving just nine clinics that perform abortions open in the entire state.

The controversial law, passed in 2013, requires clinics to meet tougher building standards and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Launches Second Presidential Run

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Thu June 4, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Rick Perry

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off in Iowa in April.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 3:52 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:19 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 12:12 am

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

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Law
5:12 am
Wed May 20, 2015

New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:08 pm

Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.

Editor's Note: Sharon Wilson, an organizer interviewed in this story, began advocating for fracking reform in Denton in 2009 as an unpaid citizen leader. In 2011, she was hired as a full-time organizer by the environmental group Earthworks to continue her anti-fracking work in Denton.

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It's All Politics
7:12 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Texas Republican state Sen. Craig Estes' bill reinforces that clergy would not have to perform same-sex marriages.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:09 pm

The Texas Legislature is sending a message this week on the subject of same-sex marriage. And that message is: Hell no — again.

The bill that just got initial approval in the Texas Senate would protect clergy from having to conduct any marriage ceremony or perform any service that would violate their sacred beliefs.

"We want to make sure they are not ever coerced into performing a marriage ceremony that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs," State Sen. Craig Estes told NPR. Estes sponsored the bill.

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The Two-Way
8:18 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Texas Police Were Warned About Gunmen At Muhammad Cartoon Event — And They Weren't

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:05 am

In the May 3 "Draw Muhammad" attack in Garland, Texas, there were some loose ends that got cleared up Monday by local police chief Mitch Bates. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi from Phoenix were killed by Garland police officers after the two men drove from Arizona and opened fire at the event featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Religion
5:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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Around the Nation
4:31 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

FBI Searches Phoenix Home Connected To Garland, Texas, Gunman

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 10:57 pm

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It's All Politics
9:50 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:59 pm

Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

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Remembrances
5:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Jean Nidetch, Founder Of Weight Watchers, Dies At 91

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Fort Hood Casualties To Receive Purple Heart In Friday's Ceremony

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:56 am

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Health
5:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Amid Rising Concern About Addiction, Universities Focus On Recovery

Students in recovery from substance abuse are finding support on a growing number of college and university campuses, including the University of Texas at Austin.
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Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 6:22 pm

In murder mystery novels, when the hero, a private detective or homicide cop, drops by a late-night Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to stave off a sudden craving for a beer or two or 20, it's usually in some dingy church basement or dilapidated storefront on the seedier side of town. There's a pot of burnt coffee and a few stale doughnuts on a back table.

The Center for Students in Recovery at the University of Texas could not be more different.

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Law
5:04 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ex-Marine Found Guilty In 'American Sniper' Murder Trial

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:05 am

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Law
4:26 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Sniper Trial Could Be In Jury's Hands Soon

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 7:16 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:21 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

The Dallas Street Choir performed in T-shirts, then changed into formalwear for the Street Requiem. Baritone Russell Rodriguez is in front, far right, in an orange T-shirt.
Courtesy of Mark Mullaney

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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Law
4:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

'American Sniper' Trial Opens In Texas

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

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