David Greene

David Greene

Formal First Name
4/9/1976 - present

David Greene is the Host of NPR's Morning Edition, one of the most listened-to news radio programs in the United States. He also hosts Up First, a popular morning news podcast by NPR. Prior to taking on his current role, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow, where he covered the region from Ukraine and the Baltics East to Siberia. He is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist whose voice became familiar to NPR listeners from his four years covering the White House during George W. Bush's second term.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Greene was an integral part of NPR's coverage of the historic 2008 election, reporting on Hillary Clinton's campaign from start to finish.
  • He also focused on how racial attitudes were playing into voters' decisions. 
  • 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. 


  • Greene covered the White House during the Bush administration's first term. He wrote about a range of topics for the paper, including:
    • Why Oklahomans love the sport of cockfighting;
    • Why two Amish men in Pennsylvania were caught trafficking methamphetamine; and
    • Hone woman brought Christmas back to a small town in Maryland.
  • He was aboard Air Force One when President Bush flew low over the Gulf Coast and caught his first glimpse of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
  • He also spent time trekking across five continents, reporting on White House visits to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Uruguay, Crawford, Texas.
  • After President Obama took office, he spent three months driving across America to learn how the recession was affecting Americans during Obama's first 100 days in office. The series was called 100 Days: On the Road in Troubled Times.


  • Greene was named Co-Volunteer of the Year for Coaching for College in 2004.
  • He was given the White House Correspondents' Association's 2008 Merriman Smith Award for deadline coverage of the presidency.
  • He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for his coverage of the Arab Spring.
  • He won the Edward R. Murrow Award for his interview with two young men badly beaten by authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya.