Liz Halloran

Liz Halloran joined NPR in December 2008 as Washington correspondent for Digital News, taking her print journalism career into the online news world.

Halloran came to NPR from US News & World Report, where she followed politics and the 2008 presidential election. Before the political follies, Halloran covered the Supreme Court during its historic transition — from Chief Justice William Rehnquist's death, to the John Roberts and Samuel Alito confirmation battles. She also tracked the media and wrote special reports on topics ranging from the death penalty and illegal immigration, to abortion rights and the aftermath of the Amish schoolgirl murders.

Before joining the magazine, Halloran was a senior reporter in the Hartford Courant's Washington bureau. She followed Sen. Joe Lieberman on his ground-breaking vice presidential run in 2000, as the first Jewish American on a national ticket, wrote about the media and the environment and covered post-9/11 Washington. Previously, Halloran, a Minnesota native, worked for The Courant in Hartford. There, she was a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning team for spot news in 1999, and was honored by the New England Associated Press for her stories on the Kosovo refugee crisis.

She also worked for the Republican-American newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., and as a cub reporter and paper delivery girl for her hometown weekly, the Jackson County Pilot.

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6:42pm

Mon March 14, 2011
Japan In Crisis

International Humanitarian Aid Needed For Japan

Originally published on Mon March 14, 2011 4:42 pm

Local residents and town staff carry out relief supplies from a helicopter in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on Monday, three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan.
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Donations and offers of humanitarian aid for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami have been pouring in since the island nation was hit by the twin disasters Friday.

And as Japanese struggled Monday to count their dead and get desperately needed supplies to devastated areas, top U.S. officials at both government and assistance agencies put out a simple message: Donate cash.

"Nothing will get there faster, and nothing will help more," says Rebecca Gustafson of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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5:00am

Thu March 10, 2011
Politics

King Hearings Revisit 'Radical Muslim' Question

New York Rep. Peter King's hearings on what he has characterized as the "radicalization of Muslims in America" open Thursday amid a clamor of outrage from many quarters.

King, Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has been branded by critics as racist, and his planned series of hearings characterized as an attack on an entire religion and reminiscent of the Cold War Communist witch hunts of the 1950s.

But the main subject of King's first hearing, while raising hackles, is hardly a new topic for hearings on Capitol Hill.

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7:30am

Tue March 8, 2011
Politics

Recall Efforts In Wisconsin Face Tough Odds

"Throw the bums out" is not an uncommon sentiment among voters disillusioned with elected officials.

But the urge to "throw 'em out" is now so great in Wisconsin, where a budget battle is raging, that many voters can't wait until the next election. Instead, partisans are trying to unseat 16 members of the state Senate through an election recall process, the scope of which has rarely — if ever — been seen.

It's "really unusual," says Thomas Cronin, a Colorado College political science professor who has written about the politics of initiative, referendum and recall.

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