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.



Thu March 17, 2011

Libya Update

When we met Libyan protester Abdul Basset Issa on Morning Edition last week, he explained how a string of towns in the west were standing strong against government forces. He said his people had finally tasted freedom.


Tue March 15, 2011

Libya Puts 'Al-Qaida Affiliate' On Stage

Libya's government has been insisting it's not at war with its own people. The enemy, they say, is al-Qaida. And Tuesday, they set out to prove it.

In the capital, Tripoli, journalists were taken to meet a man the government said was captured on the battlefield.

For reporters based in the capital, the trip to the prison was the latest in a series of government-arranged field trips.

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Sun March 6, 2011

Bloody Battles, Gunfire Continue In Libyan Capital

Gunfire erupted this morning in Libya's capital, Tripoli. Officials in Col. Moammar Gadhafi's government said they were shots of celebration after government forces beat back rebel fighters in cities around the capital, but opposition groups said talk of government success was propaganda. Some of the bloodiest battles yesterday occurred in Zawiyah just to the west of Libya's capital.


Thu March 3, 2011

Libya Border

Thousands of foreign workers continue to stream out of Libya, crossing into Egypt in the east and Tunisia in West.