Juana Summers

Juana Summers is a congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primaries and general election. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. She then traveled with Paul Ryan after he accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination. After the 2012 election, Summers began covering defense policy and veterans issues on Capitol Hill.

Summers has her reporting roots in Missouri. She has covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM.

Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Summers is a regular guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and a frequent guest on CNN's "Inside Politics", MSNBC's "Weekends With Alex Witt" and other cable news programs. She was a commentator for BET during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Summers served one term on the board of directors of the Online News Association, the largest non-profit organization of digital journalists. She is an alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, the New York Times Journalism Institute and the Society of Professional Journalists Reporters Institute.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Summers is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. She is also currently pursuing a master's degree in media management from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Politics
5:11 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Baltimore Launched Martin O'Malley, Then Weighed Him Down

Newly elected Mayor Martin O'Malley (left) waves to supporters in Baltimore in November 1999.
Gail Burton AP

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 1:49 pm

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

As Martin O'Malley neared the launch of his presidential campaign, the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor said he wouldn't think of announcing his bid "anyplace else," even as the city exploded with riots after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was fatally injured while in police custody.

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US News
6:26 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels

A label on a bag of popcorn indicates it is a non-GMO food. House Republicans on Thursday voted in favor of a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:35 am

The argument over genetically modified food has been dominated, in recent years, by a debate over food labels — specifically, whether those labels should reveal the presence of GMOs.

The battle, until now, has gone state by state. California refused to pass a labeling initiative, but Maine, Connecticut and Vermont have now passed laws in favor of GMO labeling.

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Law
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

House Bill Would Cut Off Federal Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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Politics
7:36 am
Wed July 8, 2015

House And Senate Lawmakers Work To Revise No Child Left Behind Law

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:21 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This week, lawmakers in the House and Senate are working to rewrite No Child Left Behind. That's George W. Bush's signature education law that was passed in 2001. NPR's Juana Summers covers Congress and joins us with the latest. Hey, Juana.

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It's All Politics
6:57 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Congress Leaves For Recess Without Reauthorizing Export-Import Bank

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (center) speaks with (from left) Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Ellicott Dredges GM Craig Murdock and CFO Joseph Wendel during a tour of the company's manufacturing facility in March. Lew was on hand to promote investment in American infrastructure. The company has utilized the Export-Import Bank's services.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:13 pm

An agency of the federal government will have to stop doing business today. That's because members of Congress went home last week for the July Fourth recess without reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

The bank helps American companies sell their goods overseas. The bank's critics say they're stopping corporate welfare.

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Politics
5:10 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1.
Jessica McGowan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:08 pm

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Greg Demetri hit the jackpot. When he picked the location for Villa Toscana, his nearly one-year-old Italian restaurant on the main stretch of businesses in Central, S.C., he had no idea that the building had once been owned by the town's most famous resident, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Politics
8:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Obama's 11th-Hour Push Fails To Sway House On Trade Deal

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:46 am

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Politics
6:03 am
Sun May 31, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Lindsey Graham

Graham speaks to reporters in December 1998 about the impeachment trial against President Bill Clinton.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 1:12 pm

This post has been updated to note that Graham has now officially gotten into the race for president.

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Politics
1:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley performs with his Irish rock group, O'Malley's March, in Baltimore in 2002.
Alex Dorgan-Ross AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 7:40 am

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It's All Politics
2:27 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Lawmakers Spar Over Whether Amtrak Funding Cut Matters

"That's a stupid question," House Speaker John Boehner said after a reporter asked him about Democratic claims that the GOP had cut Amtrak funding to unacceptable levels.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:28 pm

Back-to-back news conferences by Democratic and Republican House leaders, given from the same podium on Thursday, showed a contrast in how both parties are responding to the politics of a deadly train crash that killed at least eight people and injured scores more.

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