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Domenico Montanaro

Lead Political Editor, NPR
  • Non-partisan political commentator for NPR with regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS
  • Former political director and senior producer at PBS NewsHour
  • Knowledgeable, in-depth speaker on current and past events in politics
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Domenico Montanaro is NPR's lead political editor and appears regularly on-air on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and NPR podcasts, where he delivers non-partisan analysis on national politics, ranging from the Trump administration to key legislation. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News and PBS NewsHour.

Based in Washington, D.C., he directs political coverage across the network's broadcast and digital platforms, covering the White House and Capitol Hill. He’s been responsible for helping adapt and transform the political coverage of one of the most trusted legacy brands to meet the needs of ever-changing audience demands and consumption.

Before to joining NPR in 2015, Montanaro served as political director and senior producer for politics and law at PBS NewsHour. There, he led domestic political and legal coverage, which included the 2014 midterm elections, the Supreme Court and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Prior to NewsHour, Montanaro spent seven years at NBC News, where he was a reporter and deputy political editor under Chuck Todd. There, he covered two presidential elections and reported and edited for the network's must-read morning political note, First Read.

He’s well versed in polling and data, having worked in the CBS News polling unit. Montanaro has also worked at ABC News, the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, and has taught high-school English. Montanaro earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

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