Beth Summers is the senior politics producer for the PBS NewsHour where she oversees coverage of Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court. She joined the NewsHour in 2001 as an editorial assistant in the newsroom, and has worked as a reporter for the national desk and as well as the politics desk before becoming the NewsHour’s political director.
As a reporter for the national desk, Summers produced anniversary coverage for the March on Washington, the Voting Rights Act and the Senate Watergate hearings. Summers also conceptualized the NewsHour’s ongoing “Broken Justice” series, a multi-part, multi-media look at bipartisan efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, including a short 2016 documentary following three inmates’ reintegration back into society.
Summers has covered four presidential elections for the NewsHour. She served as the lead producer for the two most recent cycles, including the 2016 Democratic primary debate and both national political conventions in 2012 and 2016. She was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for her role in producing Gwen Ifill’s 2016 town hall with President Obama in Elkhart, Indiana.
Summers earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington. She is a New York Times Fellow for its Changing Face of America project.
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Facing the storm over Hillary Clinton's email amid the 2016 election, James Comey said he and the FBI "were screwed honestly either way." The former FBI director and author of “A Higher Loyalty” joins Judy Woodruff for part two of…
Politics Apr 30James Comey: FBI had ‘basis for investigating’ possible ties between Trump and Russia
To say there was no evidence of coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign "just wasn't the case," former FBI Director James Comey tells Judy Woodruff, disputing a conclusion by the GOP-majority House Intelligence Committee. In a conversation about his…
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A friend of former FBI Director James Comey shared details of their conversations about President Trump.
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For the past several months, the NewsHour has been granted rare access to a maximum security facility in Maryland, where a unique pilot program is trying to stop the revolving prison door from spinning.
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He’s famously Scottish American, a Marine veteran and former Secretary of the Navy who has written 10 books and is the creative force behind “Rules of Engagement.” Jim Webb upset the Virginia Democratic establishment and the national Republican party with…
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He’s a lawyer, a former Wall Street lobbyist and a Bruce Springsteen superfan. Chris Christie is the two-term Republican governor of a blue state, a Little League coach and father of four. Here’s where he stands on 10 big issues.
Nation May 23Weeks-long computer crash sends U.S. immigration courts back to pencils and paper
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Meet the Fofanas -- a Baltimore family facing a constant threat of deportation. Their story, which features three distinct immigration battles within one household, shines a light on the complexities of the U.S. immigration system and the challenges facing reform.