David Greene David Greene is Co-host of Morning Edition and Up First.
Stephen Voss/NPR
David Greene 2016
Stephen Voss/NPR

David Greene

Host, Morning Edition and Up First

David Greene is host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First, with Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin.

For two years prior to taking on his current role in 2012, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. During that time he brought listeners stories as wide ranging as Chernobyl 25 years later and Beatles-singing Russian Babushkas. He spent a month in Libya reporting riveting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring.

Greene's voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House. To report on former President George W. Bush's second term, Greene spent hours in NPR's spacious booth in the basement of the West Wing (it's about the size of your average broom closet). He also spent time trekking across five continents, reporting on White House visits to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Uruguay – and, of course, Crawford, Texas.

During the days following Hurricane Katrina, Greene was aboard Air Force One when President Bush flew low over the Gulf Coast and caught his first glimpse of the storm's destruction. On the ground in New Orleans, Greene brought listeners a moving interview with the late Ethel Williams, a then-74-year-old flood victim who got an unexpected visit from the president.

Greene was an integral part of NPR's coverage of the historic 2008 election, covering Hillary Clinton's campaign from start to finish, and also focusing on how racial attitudes were playing into voters' decisions. The White House Correspondents Association took special note of Greene's report on a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama, addressing the nation's racial divide. Greene was given the association's 2008 Merriman Smith award for deadline coverage of the presidency.

After President Obama took office, Greene kept one eye trained on the White House and the other eye on the road. He spent three months driving across America – with a recorder, camera and lots of caffeine – to learn how the recession was touching Americans during President Obama's first 100 days in office. The series was called "100 Days: On the Road in Troubled Times."

Before joining NPR in 2005, Greene spent nearly seven years as a newspaper reporter for the Baltimore Sun. He covered the White House during the Bush administration's first term, and wrote about an array of other topics for the paper: Why Oklahomans love the sport of cockfighting, why two Amish men in Pennsylvania were caught trafficking methamphetamine and how one woman brought Christmas back to a small town in Maryland.

Before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1998 with a degree in government, Greene worked as the senior editor on the Harvard Crimson. In 2004, he was named co-volunteer of the year for Coaching for College, a Washington, D.C., program offering tutoring to inner-city youth.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

News Brief: Accusations Against Franken, House Tax Overhaul Win

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/564752399/564752400" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

News Brief: Roy Moore Denies Latest Allegation, Hearing Preview

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/564006402/564006403" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

News Brief: Asia Trip Winds Down, Moore Denies Misconduct Allegations

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/563692044/563692045" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Wonder Valley,' By Ivy Pochoda Ecco hide caption

toggle caption
Ecco

In 'Wonder Valley,' There's More Than One Los Angeles

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/563041832/563224392" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

News Brief: China Lavishes Trump With Red-Carpet Treatment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/562997676/562997677" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

News Brief: Texas Shooting Update, Trump Visits South Korea

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/562486187/562514832" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

GOP Tax Plan Calls For Deep Cuts In Tax Rates

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/561575730/561584497" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lawmakers Grill Tech Firms On Russia's Use Of Social Media To Influence 2016 Election

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/561356326/561367093" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Unrest In Nairobi After Kenya's President Wins Election Rerun

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/561041279/561041280" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Latest In The Russia Inquiry: Are Indictments Imminent?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560767516/560767517" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Long Way Down,' By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books hide caption

toggle caption
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

In 'Long Way Down,' The Ghosts Of Gun Violence Chill A Plan For Revenge

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560286304/560767537" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In Shelbyville, Tenn., 'Proud To Be White' And 'Hate Is Not The Solution'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560767446/560767447" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) returns in the second season of Stranger Things. Courtesy of Netflix hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Netflix

'Stranger Things 2' Creators: 'We Wanted To Raise The Stakes'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560190630/560346495" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Opioid Crisis: Does A 'Public Health Emergency' Go Far Enough?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560230062/560232316" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Morning News Brief: Opioid Crisis, Senate Budget Resolution

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/560152236/560152237" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript