Domenico Montanaro

Senior Political Editor and Correspondent, NPR
Domenico Montanaro
  • 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 senior political editor and correspondent 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 current administration, key legislative action on Capitol Hill, and the political landscape. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, PBS NewsHour, and among others.

Based in Washington, D.C., he is one of NPR’s lead analysts and helps shape political coverage across the network's broadcast and digital platforms. 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. While doing that, he was also the lead editor for NPR’s Supreme Court coverage in the last two years, as the court transitioned to a majority conservative court.

Before 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, Missouri. 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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Montanaro can speak to the latest trends in politics, including his reporting from inside the White House, analysis of the latest legislative movements and the electoral landscape. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of polling and data and how they apply to presidential and congressional campaigns. And he can speak to a wide range of policy subjects, and where they’re going on Capitol Hill – from health care and tax reform to immigration and infrastructure.

He has a deep understanding of context and history and where this moment fits into the broader landscape, how democratic institutions are holding up and the global tension between nationalist populism and the global order that has largely been responsible for the world’s security post-World War Two.

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