Ron Elving is the senior Washington editor for NPR News directing coverage of the nation’s capital and national politics and providing on-air political analysis for many NPR programs.Elving can regularly be heard on Talk of the Nation providing analysis of the latest in politics. He writes the “Watching Washington” column on NPR.org and is heard on the “It’s All Politics” weekly podcast along with NPR’s Ken Rudin. Under Elving’s leadership, NPR has been awarded the industry’s top honors for political coverage including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a 2002 duPont- Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism, the Merriman Smith Award for White House reporting from the White House Correspondents Association and the Barone Award from the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. In 2008, the American Political Science Association awarded NPR the Carey McWilliams Award “in recognition of a major contribution to the understanding of political science.”
Before joining NPR, Elving served as political editor for USA Today and for Congressional Quarterly. Over his career, Elving has written articles published by The Washington Post, the Brookings Institution, Columbia Journalism Review, Media Studies Journal, and the American Political Science Association. He was a contributor and editor for eight reference works published by Congressional Quarterly Books from 1990 to 2003. His book, Conflict and Compromise: How Congress Makes the Law, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1995. Recently, Elving contributed the chapter, “Fall ofthe Favorite: Obama and the Media,” to James Thurber’s Obama in Office: The First Two Years. Elving teaches public policy in the school of Public Administration at George Mason University and has also taught at Georgetown University, American University and Marquette University. With an bachelor’s degree from Stanford, Elving went on to earn master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of California-Berkeley.