Kathy Lohr

Whether covering the manhunt and eventual capture of Eric Robert Rudolph in the mountains of North Carolina, the remnants of the Oklahoma City federal building with its twisted metal frame and shattered glass, flood-ravaged Midwestern communities, or the terrorist bombings across the country, including the blast that exploded in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, correspondent Kathy Lohr has been at the heart of stories all across the nation.

Lohr was NPR's first reporter based in the Midwest. She opened NPR's St. Louis office in 1990 and the Atlanta bureau in 1996. Lohr covers the abortion issue on an ongoing basis for NPR, including political and legal aspects. She has often been sent into disasters as they are happening, to provide listeners with the intimate details about how these incidents affect people and their lives.

Lohr filed her first report for NPR while working for member station KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and began her journalism career in commercial television and radio as a reporter/anchor. Lohr also became involved in video production for national corporations and taught courses in television reporting and radio production at universities in Kansas and Missouri. She has filed reports for the NPR documentary program Horizons, the BBC, the CBC, Marketplace, and she was published in the Saturday Evening Post.

Lohr won the prestigious Missouri Medal of Honor for Excellence in Journalism in 2002. She received a fellowship from Vanderbilt University for work on the issue of domestic violence. Lohr has filed reports from 27 states and the District of Columbia. She has received other national awards for her coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwestern floods of 1993, and for her reporting on ice storms in the Mississippi Delta. She has also received numerous awards for radio pieces on the local level prior to joining NPR's national team. Lohr was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She now lives in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, covering stories across the southeastern part of the country.




Tue April 5, 2011

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Dwindles Amid Cutbacks

Alonzo Mendez is the first person in his family to go to college. He's a 19-year-old student at Atlanta's Georgia Perimeter College and he's just one of many Georgia students who benefit from the state's HOPE scholarship, a program that uses lottery funds to pay college tuition for students who maintain a B average.

This year, state budget shortfalls and a drop in lottery revenue have led to cuts in HOPE scholarship funding. That means most students will no longer qualify for full scholarships, leaving many to wonder how they'll raise the cash to cover the extra costs.

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Thu March 17, 2011

Georgia May Have Broken Law By Importing Drug

There can be no more executions in Georgia for now after the Drug Enforcement Administration seized the state's supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs used in lethal injection. The government has questions about whether the drug was imported illegally from Britain.

Several other states may also have to answer questions about how they obtained their supplies.

Drug Becomes Rare In U.S.

There's been a lot of secrecy surrounding how states have been getting sodium thiopental since a U.S. company stopped making the sedative in 2009.

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Wed March 16, 2011

States' Abortion Legislation Questioned By Critics

State legislatures are considering a new wave of abortion restrictions this year. Some require longer waiting periods to get abortions. Others would direct doctors to show women ultrasounds of fetuses.

But critics say new conservative lawmakers are pushing these bills to test the limits.

If South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs a newly passed bill, women seeking abortions will now have to wait 72 hours after their initial visit to a clinic before having the procedure done in that state. The bill also requires counseling at a crisis pregnancy center.

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Sun March 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Murder Case Puts Spotlight On Abortion Clinic Rules

A murder case involving a sordid Philadelphia abortion clinic is fueling debate about how clinics should be run, with several states considering stricter regulations. Abortion rights groups say that could force some clinics to close and make abortions more expensive.

Ebony Behlin says five years ago she went to Kermit Gosnell's clinic in Philadelphia to get an abortion. The single mother had two children and says she couldn't afford to care for another. Back then, she says, she didn't see the filthy conditions described in a grand jury report.

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