Brian Naylor ’78

Today, Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the highly-respected NPR News’ Washington Desk. He covers all things related to politics, federal agencies, and homeland security.  Before joining NPR in the early 1980’s, Naylor worked at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and before that at a radio station in Maine.

Naylor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine in 1978 and an honorary degree from the university in 2004.

Just this year, in October of 2013, he returned to the university as the 2013 Alan Miller Fund visiting journalist, part of the  Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism program. Naylor participated in a public panel discussion on campus that addressed issues facing American journalism. Students and faculty had the opportunity to learn not only from Naylor but from Jim Morris, the news director of WABI-TV (Channel 5) in Bangor and another UMaine alumnus, and Stephen Fay, the managing editor of the award-winning Ellsworth American.

According to his biography on the NPR News site, Naylor has spent more than 30 years  at NPR, where he has contributed as a National Desk correspondent, a White House correspondent, a congressional correspondent, foreign correspondent and a newscaster on the award-winning NPR news show, All Things Considered.

In the mid-1990s, Naylor’s coverage of the U.S. Congress contributed to NPR’s 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism award for political reporting.