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Ayesha Rascoe

Ayesha Rascoe is a White House Correspondent for NPR. In her current role, she covers breaking news and policy developments from the White House. Rascoe also travels and reports on many of President Trump's foreign trips, including his 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and his 2018 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. As a part of the White House team, she's also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast.

Prior to joining NPR, Rascoe covered the White House for Reuters, chronicling President Barack Obama's final year in office and the beginning days of the Trump administration. Rascoe began her reporting career at Reuters, covering energy and environmental policy news, such as the 2010 BP oil spill and the U.S. response to the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. She also spent a year covering energy legal issues and court cases.

She graduated from Howard University in 2007 with a B.A. in journalism.

Most Recent Appearances

  • May 28, 2021
    A year after George Floyd was murdered by former officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, the panel discussed what’s changed, what hasn’t and where racial justice and policing reforms stand in Capitol Hill.
  • April 2, 2021
    Another Capitol police officer is dead, less than three months after the January 6th insurrection. The panel discussed the trial of Derek Chauvin and President Biden’s ambitious infrastructure plan.
  • February 19, 2021
    President Joe Biden held his first town hall this week, answering about the vaccine rollout and his plans to get the country through the pandemic.
  • December 4, 2020
    President Donald Trump has continued to remain noncompliant about the election results, sparking outrage and forcing officials to speak out against his baseless claims.
  • October 16, 2020
    President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling town hall events Thursday night in place of a scheduled presidential debate.
  • August 14, 2020
    Joe Biden’s search for a running mate ended this week with a history-making pick: Senator Kamala Harris of California.
  • July 3, 2020
    President Trump is speaking Friday night at Mount Rushmore, ahead of Independence Day. The visit captures this president at this moment: turning to symbols from the past and rallying his base as his campaign faces mounting challenges.
  • May 22, 2020
    As the coronavirus death toll passed 95,000 on Friday, states continued the process of reopening. The White House and Congress haven’t reached an agreement on what more aid would look like, if there will be any.
  • February 7, 2020
    President Donald Trump’s acquittal on both impeachment charges marked the beginning of a new season of deep partisan tensions. The delay of Monday’s Iowa caucus results caused chaos on the campaign trail.
  • January 31, 2020
    The Senate voted not to hear from witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump, caping a week of intense debate. The panel discussed why Senate Republicans stuck by the president. And the Iowa caucus kicks off the democratic primary season.
  • December 20, 2019
    Moderator Robert Costa and the panelists break down a historic week in Washington after House Democrats voted to impeach the president.

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