Wade Goodwyn

Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

Over the last 15 years, Goodwyn has reported on many of the nation's top stories. He's covered the implosion of Enron, the trials of Jeff Skilling and Kenneth Lay, and the prosecution of polygamist Warren Jeffs. Goodwyn's reporting has included the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Denver. He covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the school shootings in Paducah Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Among his most recent work has been the wrongful prosecution and conviction of black and Hispanic citizens in Texas and Louisiana. With American and Southwest Airlines headquartered in his backyard, coverage of the airline industry is also a constant for Goodwyn.

As Texas has moved to the vanguard in national Republican politics, Goodwyn has been at the front line as what happens politically in Texas, which is often a bellwether of the coming national political debate. He has covered the state's politicians dominating the national stage, including George W. Bush, Tom Delay and rising GOP star Texas Governor Rick Perry

Before coming to NPR, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.

Goodwyn graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history.

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4:20pm

Sun March 15, 2015
Health

Amid Rising Concern About Addiction, Universities Focus On Recovery

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 5:22 pm

Students in recovery from substance abuse are finding support on a growing number of college and university campuses, including the University of Texas at Austin.
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In murder mystery novels, when the hero, a private detective or homicide cop, drops by a late-night Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to stave off a sudden craving for a beer or two or 20, it's usually in some dingy church basement or dilapidated storefront on the seedier side of town. There's a pot of burnt coffee and a few stale doughnuts on a back table.

The Center for Students in Recovery at the University of Texas could not be more different.

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3:26pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Law

Sniper Trial Could Be In Jury's Hands Soon

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:16 pm

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4:07am

Wed February 11, 2015
Law

Proceedings Underway In 'American Sniper' Trial

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:01 pm

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7:10pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Around the Nation

New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:01 am

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd Nov. 4 after his victory speech in Austin.
David J. Phillip AP

Incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott created a stir last week during a speech to the conservative and influential think tank the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he accused Texas cities of contributing to the "California-ization" of Texas.

"The truth is, Texas is being California-ized with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans," Abbott said. "We're forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model."

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5:12pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Law

Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

Arizona Department of Corrections inmate Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection in July. It took 15 doses and nearly two hours for him to die.
AP

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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