Shirley Henry

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry and Supervising Political Editor Arnie Seipel announced this staffing update:

Hi all — We wanted to share some updates from the Washington Desk as we refocus our political coverage in the wake of the election and its fallout.

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry announced this staffing update:

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With the impending inauguration of a new president, the Washington Desk is making some changes to its White House team.

NPR political correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid, who did a stellar job covering the Democratic primary race and the candidacy of Joe Biden, will now be White House correspondents covering the Biden administration.

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry and editor Arnie Seipel, announced new hires and staffing updates:

Hello - We are excited to announce some new arrivals just in time for the final sprint into the 2020 campaign.

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry and Vice President for News Programming Sarah Gilbert, announced this staffing update:

Hi everybody,

We're delighted to announce that Morning Edition Senior Supervising Producer/Editor, Eric Marrapodi, will take up a 15-month acting assignment to lead NPR's live coverage of special events for the 2020 election.

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update:

In a note to newsroom staff Senior Washington Editor, Beth Donovan, and Deputy Washington Editor, Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update:

In a note to newsroom staff Senior Washington Editor, Beth Donovan, and Deputy Washington Editor, Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update:

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he will soon announce a new national alert system aimed at better informing the public given the "new phase" of the global terrorist threat the U.S. is facing.

The department used to have a color-coded terror alert system that was put into place after Sept. 11, but that was replaced by the National Threat Advisory System (NTAS) in 2011.

Johnson said NTAS has never been used because it sets too high a bar, namely that it depends on there being a specific, credible threat to the homeland.

The Obama administration has announced some changes to the visa waiver program, which allows travelers from some 38 countries including France, Belgium and other European countries, to come to the U.S. without a visa.

The White House announced several steps, including attempting better tracking of past travel, fines for airlines that don't verify passport data, assisting other countries on the screening of refugees and with border security.