David Greene

David Greene is a correspondent for NPR News and lays claim to the network's coldest assignment: Moscow.

Greene jumped to NPR's foreign desk recently, after 5 years on the national desk. He took a brief break in between to study intensive Russian at Moscow State University. In January 2010, he returned to reporting. From Moscow, he'll be covering the entire region: Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia.

Greene's voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House. To report on former President George W. Bush's second term, Greene spent hours in NPR's spacious booth in the basement of the West Wing (it's about the size of your average broom closet). He also spent time trekking across five continents, reporting on White House visits to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Uruguay – and, of course, Crawford, Texas.

During the days following Hurricane Katrina, Greene was aboard Air Force One when President Bush flew low over the Gulf Coast and caught his first glimpse of the storm's destruction. On the ground in New Orleans, Greene brought listeners a moving interview with the late Ethel Williams, a then-74-year-old flood victim who got an unexpected visit from the president.

Greene was an integral part of NPR's coverage of the historic 2008 election, covering Hillary Clinton's campaign from start to finish, and also focusing on how racial attitudes were playing into voters' decisions. The White House Correspondents Association took special note of Greene's report on a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama, addressing the nation's racial divide. Greene was given the association's 2008 Merriman Smith award for deadline coverage of the presidency.

After President Obama took office, Greene kept one eye trained on the White House and the other eye on the road. He spent three months driving across America – with a recorder, camera and lots of caffeine – to learn how the recession was touching Americans during President Obama's first 100 days in office. The series was called "100 Days: On the Road in Troubled Times."

Greene has also enjoyed guest hosting some of our news programs, including Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He was in the host's chair when news broke that President Obama had nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Greene was in the same chair when comedienne Kathy Griffin yelled at him: "I don't even have the real host today?" she asked. "I got the new guy filling in? Oh, this is so typical."

Before joining NPR in 2005, Greene spent nearly seven years as a newspaper reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He covered the White House during the Bush administration's first term, and wrote about an array of other topics for the paper: Why Oklahomans love the sport of cockfighting, why two Amish men in Pennsylvania were caught trafficking methamphetamine and how one woman brought Christmas back to a small town in Maryland.

Before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in government, Greene worked as the senior editor on the Harvard Crimson. In 2004, he was named co-volunteer of the year for Coaching for College, a Washington, D.C., program offering tutoring to inner-city youth.



Sun April 3, 2011
Middle East

A View Of Gadhafi From One Of His Human Shields

One of the people guest host David Green met while covering the conflict in Libya last month was a dentist named Mohammed Majdali. The 33-year-old is a loyal supporter of Moammar Gadhafi, and even volunteered to be a human shield in Gadhafi's compound.


Sun April 3, 2011

Surprised Winners Take NCAA Bracket Tournament

The NCAA men's basketball tournament has been a story of upsets and broken brackets. Now that the field is down to two teams, Butler and Connecticut, guest host David Greene takes a look at the standings in ESPN.com's bracket tournament.


Sun March 27, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

In Libya, The Truth Is Often Tough To Pin Down

The uprising in Libya has become something very different than what took place in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia. Moammar Gadhafi's regime is using all its weapons — guns, tanks and propaganda — so far preventing a nationwide movement for change. NPR's David Greene has spent the past month covering the conflict. As he prepares to leave Libya, he has a few reflections.

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Tue March 22, 2011

Libyan Government Wants To Be Able To Defend Itself

Since Saturday, coalition forces have been launching airstrikes against Libyan air defenses, tanks, armored personnel carriers and other military hardware.


Mon March 21, 2011
Libya: Allies Attack Gadhafi Positions

Gadhafi Supporters Rally Amid Rubble At Tripoli Base

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:03 am

Men in Tripoli join in the part-protest, part-funeral for civilians said to have died during recent airstrikes in Libya. They gathered at a place along Libya's Mediterranean coast known as a cemetery for martyrs.
Jim Wildman/NPR

With U.S. and allied forces using missiles and bombs to strike at the heart of Moammar Gadhafi's military defenses, the Libyan leader finds himself standing alone against the world once more. But in Libya's capital, where part of Gadhafi's compound was hit Sunday, his supporters celebrated his continued defiance.

From a roof in Tripoli on Sunday night, we saw a plume of smoke rise near Bab Al Azizia, the sprawling military base where Gadhafi has a home. A couple of hours later, the government opened the doors of the compound and invited foreign journalists in.

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