Steve Inskeep Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition and Up First.
Steve Inskeep, photographed for NPR, 13 May 2019, in Washington DC.
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Steve Inskeep, photographed for NPR, 13 May 2019, in Washington DC.
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Steve Inskeep

Host, Morning Edition and Up First

Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.

Known for interviews with presidents and Congressional leaders, Inskeep has a passion for stories of the less famous: Pennsylvania truck drivers, Kentucky coal miners, U.S.-Mexico border detainees, Yemeni refugees, California firefighters, American soldiers.

Since joining Morning Edition in 2004, Inskeep has hosted the program from New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, Cairo, and Beijing; investigated Iraqi police in Baghdad; and received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for "The Price of African Oil," on conflict in Nigeria. He has taken listeners on a 2,428-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border, and 2,700 miles across North Africa. He is a repeat visitor to Iran and has covered wars in Syria and Yemen.

Inskeep says Morning Edition works to "slow down the news," making sense of fast-moving events. A prime example came during the 2008 Presidential campaign, when Inskeep and NPR's Michele Norris conducted "The York Project," groundbreaking conversations about race, which received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence.

Inskeep was hired by NPR in 1996. His first full-time assignment was the 1996 presidential primary in New Hampshire. He went on to cover the Pentagon, the Senate, and the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he covered the war in Afghanistan, turmoil in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid gone wrong in Afghanistan. He has twice been part of NPR News teams awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for coverage of Iraq.

On days of bad news, Inskeep is inspired by the Langston Hughes book, Laughing to Keep From Crying. Of hosting Morning Edition during the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession, he told Nuvo magazine when "the whole world seemed to be falling apart, it was especially important for me ... to be amused, even if I had to be cynically amused, about the things that were going wrong. Laughter is a sign that you're not defeated."

Inskeep is the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, a 2011 book on one of the world's great megacities. He is also author of Jacksonland, a history of President Andrew Jackson's long-running conflict with John Ross, a Cherokee chief who resisted the removal of Indians from the eastern United States in the 1830s.

He has been a guest on numerous TV programs including ABC's This Week, NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN's Inside Politics and the PBS Newshour. He has written for publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.

A native of Carmel, Indiana, Inskeep is a graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence on his new book, 'So Help Me God'

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Former Vice President Mike Pence (right) speaks with Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep at the law library of the Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis on Monday. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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Mike Pence, pondering a presidential run, condemns Trump's rhetoric on Jan. 6

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2 new Ted Kennedy biographies are not just for Boomers but for voters of all ages

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Recovering from bullet wounds, Pakistan's Imran Khan talks of new waves of protest

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News brief: Twitter resignations, who will replace Pelosi?, Ticketmaster criticism

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Poland says a missile that crashed on its territory was friendly fire from Ukraine

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Trump Organiazation's ex-CFO is on the stand for another day at tax fraud trial

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News brief: GOP wins the House, Trump ex-CFO testifies, missile strike probe

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Donald Trump is officially running for president in 2024

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After reaching Florida's east coast, Nicole weakens to a tropical storm

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News brief: Georgia runoff, GOP's 'red wave' is stopped, Russia to leave Kherson

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Races in Georgia show voters are defying Trumpism

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Republicans pushed hard for the Latino vote in Nevada and Florida, to mixed results

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The House and Senate have not yet flipped but a Republican-controlled House is likely

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